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Chicago Sky takes blowout victory over New York Liberty

Win evens playoff series

After falling in game one of the first round of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs, the Chicago Sky bounced back with a 100-62 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday, August 20, at Wintrust Arena.

According to the Sky, the team passed their largest margin of victory in both a playoff game and the WNBA, defeating New York by 38 points.

In the first quarter, the Sky went on a 21-9 run from the 9 minute and 41 second mark of the quarter to the 3 minute and 51 second mark of the quarter. The Sky earned seven steals and led 31-10 to close out the quarter.

The Sky’s seven steals in the first quarter was the most steals in an opening quarter in a WNBA playoff game since 2009.

In the second quarter, the Sky outscored the Liberty 21-18 and established a 52-28 halftime lead. In the second half, the Sky jumped out to a 10-2 run and nearly doubled the Liberty scoring output by posting a 31-16 third quarter.

Although the Liberty would edge the Sky 21-18 to close out the fourth quarter, the Sky scored a surmountable number of points in the post and doubled the Liberty 60-24 in the paint. The Sky also had 20 fast break points, 15 second chance points, and finished 100 percent from the free throw line.

Final Score: Sky 100, Liberty 62.

With the victory, the series is now tied at 1-1.

Sports Editor at Chicago Crusader Newspaper | + posts

Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.

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