Dolson, Sky look to keep offense clicking vs. Liberty (Jul 29, 2017)

BY AP • July 29, 2017

The Chicago Sky hope for another big night from forward-center Stefanie Dolson on Sunday as they host the New York Liberty at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

Dolson scored a career-high 29 points in Friday's 86-80 home loss to Phoenix. It was also the highest production by any Sky player this season.

"We were just executing on offense really well," Dolson said. "Defensively, we were playing our best (this season). We've been getting big stops, we've been finishing games really well. I think tonight, each quarter, we would come out really strong, but then we would let them go on too big of a run."

The Sky (8-15) will have to contend with the hot-shooting Tina Charles on Sunday.

New York (11-10) rallied from a 15-point deficit to upend Indiana 85-84 on the road Friday behind Charles' 25 points. Bria Hartley matched season highs of 17 points and made three 3-pointers.

Charles has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and in seven of her last eight. She's second in WNBA scoring (20.9 points).

The Liberty have won three of their last four and remain in the mix for the WNBA postseason.

"I think some teams are able to find their identity early in the season," Charles told reporters recently. "For others, it takes longer. The more we're able to see what each of us is able to do, the more we can depend on each other."

Chicago was without center Imani Boyette, who suffered a left ankle injury during practice earlier this week. Her status for Sunday was not immediately known.

The Sky have lost two straight and fallen back into a tie for last place in the Eastern Conference with Indiana.

Chicago holds a 1-0 series lead this season thanks to a 78-68 victory on July 14 at Madison Square Garden. After Sunday's game, the teams will have one more meeting on Aug. 22 in New York.

The Liberty and Sky are tied 22-22 in the all-time series. Chicago leads 12-10 at home.

Chicago travels to Indiana on Friday and hosts Atlanta on Saturday.

New York continues a five-game road trip on Tuesday at San Antonio and wraps up Friday at Los Angeles before returning home for an Aug. 8 game against Indiana.


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