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June 15, 2015Basketball

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Louisville, KY June 15, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott

Hill Gets Her Own WNBA Jersey

The Chicago Sky and the Indiana Fever met for the first time in the 2015 WNBA regular season on Sunday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The two teams last met in the Eastern Conference Finals last year in which the Sky ended the Fever’s postseason. However the emphasis of Sunday’s game was more about the Fever honoring the life of the late Lauren Hill right before tip-off .Lauren Hill was a women’s college basketball player at Mount St. Joseph, who’s life was cut short due to brain cancer back in April. Her fight against cancer inspired many athletes/people across the country and Indiana revealed to her family a Fever jersey with Lauren’s name on the back of it. “I don’t think we ever thought she would have the impact she did. I can’t even fathom how big it was or how wide it has spread, we have met so many wonderful people,” said Lisa (Lauren’s Mother) about her daughter’s impact on the country. “The Fever have been amazing..It’s just sad Lauren couldn’t be here to see the women play at the next level above college because she would have loved it.”

The Game: Chicago Sky Versus Indiana Fever

The Fever would be without the services of their star player Tamika Catchings, who was suspended after an altercation she had with an official in the Fever’s last home game Friday night. As for the Sky, they added Cappie Pondexter to their roster, who was an All-Star for the New York Liberty last season. Chicago received Pondexter in a trade involving former All-Star Epiphanny Prince back in February. The Fever came in Sunday’s game with a 1-3 record and the Sky had a record of 1-2.

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Cappie Pondexter of the Chicago Sky. (#23)

The first quarter began with a shot made by Jessica Breland of the Chicago Sky at the 9:31 mark, then the Fever’s Natalie Achonwa scored at the 8:36 mark. After that score by Achonwa the Sky went on an 18-0 run and never looked back. The halftime score was a lopsided 53-21 in favor of the Chicago Sky. The leading scorer for the Chicago Sky was Elena Delle Donne with 11 points to go along with five rebounds. Chicago shot 64% from the field in the first half, including making 4/7 (57%) of their three-point attempts. On the contrary the Fever shot just 6/32 (18%) from the field and were just 1/11 (09%) from the three-point line.

In the 3rd quarter the Chicago lead got as big as 27-67 at the 5:52 mark, but the Fever fought back in the game to make the Sky’s lead 77-51 at the end of the third quarter. However the Chicago offense proved to be too much for the Fever as the final score would be 98-72 in favor of the Sky. Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne was the game’s leading scorer as she finished with 24 points to go along with nine rebounds. The Fever finished the game shooting just 23-73 (31%) from the field and 5/25 (20%) from the three-point line. On the contrary the Chicago Sky shot 38/67 (57%)  from the field and made 5-10 (50%) of their three-point attempts.

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Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky showcasing the perfect form.

“For this team our offense really flows when our defense picks up. We knew how important a defensive effort was going to be for us today because then we are able to get out in transition and run transition offense and that’s when we are at our best, ” said Delle Donne on the Sky’s effectiveness offensively. As for what Lauren Hill means to her personally and women’s basketball Delle Donne said this “What Lauren was able to carry out in a short few months was so special and really touched the entire basketball community, and so much more than just the basketball community she touched everyone. We just want to make sure that no one forgets the impact she had and the fighter she was.” The Sky now move to 2-2 on the season and will play the Atlanta Dream on Friday in Atlanta.

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Indiana Fever’s Shinese Johnson trying to drive past the defense of Delle Donne

As for the Indiana Fever they now move to just 1-4 on the season and they will play Atlanta on Tuesday in Atlanta. It has been a tough start for first year Fever head coach Stephanie White, as the team has dealt with injuries and other issues off the court. The two biggest problems on the court for the Fever have been free throws and team assists as they rank last in the WNBA in both categories. It will be up to coach White to make the necessary adjustments so that the offense can run more efficiently throughout the rest of the season.

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