The Chicago Sky completed a season sweep of the New York Liberty on Wednesday, winning 101-92. It was the third and final meeting of the regular season between the two teams.
Based on the previous two matchups between Chicago and New York, this one was expected to be a high-scoring affair and the fans at Wintrust Arena were not disappointed. The Sky and Liberty entered Wednesday’s contest ranked second and third in the WNBA in pace, respectively, and this game was another barn burner. Per WNBA stats, it ranked as the sixth-fastest game of the season.
The back-and-forth contest also featured an historic fourth quarter:
The Liberty kept up with the Sky’s dynamic offense for most of the game — New York shot better than 40 percent from deep and 50 percent overall — but a turnover disparity of 16 to 8 proved to be too much to overcome. The Sky also shot 31 free throws to the Liberty’s 8, though a good chunk of those came late in the fourth as New York intentionally fouled to stop the clock.
Curiously, Brittany Boyd did not play for the Liberty despite averaging 22.2 minutes per game for the season. Marine Johannes picked up most of Boyd’s minutes and played very well, scoring 16 points and hitting all four of her three-point attempts. Tina Charles led the team with 24 points and Rebecca Allen chipped in 21.
Chicago was led by Allie Quigley’s 22 points. Jantel Lavender recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second time this season, while Courtney Vandersloot scored 16 and added 8 assists to her league-leading total.
The Sky will now travel to Las Vegas for a Friday night match against the Aces. That game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Liberty, meanwhile, will have a little more time off — they play an NBA TV-televised game against Seattle on Sunday.