Chicago Sky’s September 11th Game

19 Sep

By Veronica M. Benson

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(photography by Veronica M. Benson)

 

The Chicago Sky’s women basketball team faced Arizona Phoenix’s Mercury on the historical day of September 11, 2013.

Before the game began there was a moment of silence in recognition to all of those who were affected by the tragedy 12 years ago.

There was much excitement in the All State Arena with a crowd of over 6,000 as this was one of the games leading up to the Playoffs for the Chicago Sky. The audience was live and in full affect, cheering on the ladies of the team.

10 minutes per quarter, by the end of the 1st half Phoenix had scored a total of 40 points. 21 for the 1st quarter & 19 for the 2nd. The Chicago Sky with 36 points. 18 for the 1st & 2nd quarters. The biggest team lead by the end of the 1st half was Phoenix’s 8 pts to Chicago’s 1. With the leads changing and being tied twice.

Epiphany Prince #10 of The Chicago Sky was a leading scorer for the team with 14 points by the end of the 1st half. Sylvia Fowles with 10 pts and Elena Delle Donne with 8.

The Mercury ladies had the lead for most of the game with the Chicago Sky trailing closely behind.

 

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Leading scorers for Phoenix by the middle of the 3rd quarter were #4 Candice Dupree with 13 pts, #24 Dewanna Bonner with 12 pts & #15 Briana Gilbreath with 9 pts. Each averaging over 20 minutes of playtime.

The half-time performances were lead by the women’s dance team, the “Luvabulls” and the Chicago IncrediBulls. Benny the Bull & The Chicago Sky Guy mascot were always on the scene for entertainment, pictures & also took part in the basketball stunts with the Incredibulls.

Down to the last moments of the the 4th quarter. With the game being tied after Epiphany Prince & Courtney Vandersloot of the Sky each scoring 1 of 2 foul line shots, ties the game to 68 pts, with :05.8 left on the clock. As the time winds down Elena Delle Donne takes the game winning shot for the Sky just seconds before the buzzer on the game clock.

A game that appeared to be headed for overtime becomes a victory for The Chicago Sky.

Post game Q&A Chicago Sky’s Sylvia Fowles talked about the MVP title and joining Twitter. She said “there was no push for MVP” and in a humorous manner, said “she was forced to join Twitter.” The morning of this game being the third time she had used the social media site.

Rookie Elena Delle Donne standing at a towering 6’5’ spoke with humility about being a possible MVP prospect, the playoffs & the shot she’d taken that won the game.

Be sure to check out the Chicago Sky during the playoff season!

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(Photography by Veronica M. Benson for VeMichelle Writing Communications © 2013)

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