The old adage goes "offense sells tickets, but defense wins games;" however, despite a low-scoring defensive game between the New York Liberty and the Chicago Sky, the Liberty got the offensive spark they needed from Epiphany Prince who scored as season-high 30 points in her return to Chicago and led The Liberty to a 77-63 win.
Prince spent four seasons in Chicago, but was traded before the season started for Cappie Pondexter. Prince definitely played with a chip on her shoulder shooting 11-14 from the field and hitting four three-pointers for The Liberty. Tina Charles was the second leading scorer for New York with 18 points. Elena Delle Donne led the Sky with 17, and Courtney Vandersloot had 13 as well.
The first quarter was a tight contest and ended with New York maintaining a two-point lead, 21-19. With a tough defensive and rebounding effort, however, New York would steadily build their lead.
After a key defensive stop near the end of the second quarter, Prince would hit a three-pointer that gave New York a 39-28 lead and forced Chicago to call a time out. From there, the Sky would not be able to mount a comeback.
Part of The Sky's inability to come back was because of rebounding. New York dominated the boards, out-rebounding Chicago 43-33. This was in large part thanks to Charles, who pulled in 12 and Kiah Stokes, who recorded 10. Twenty out of their 22 combined rebounds were defensive
With the win, New York leads the Eastern Conference, and the Sky dropped to two games behind.