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Resurgent Sky hand Liberty fourth straight defeat

CHICAGO (AP) -- The expansion Chicago Sky won their second
straight home game Friday night. But they aren't getting too
excited.

Candice Dupree scored a career-high 20 points and added six
rebounds in a 78-73 victory over the New York Liberty to start
Chicago's mini-streak.

"It's only two in a row," Dupree said. "Hopefully we can get
another win. But it's nice."

The Sky (3-14) have won two of their last three games after
dropping 13 of their first 14 to open the season. Chicago -- which
came into the game shooting a league-low 38.2 percent -- shot 47.4
percent for the game, including an efficient first quarter when it
connected on 10 of its 15 shots.

The Sky also came up big at the free-throw line in the fourth
quarter, hitting 14 of their 16 attempts to close the game.

"We were poised down the stretch," Chicago coach Dave Cowens
said. "We shot free throws well. We haven't had the lead in too
many games so we haven't been in these situations often."

Deanna Jackson added 13 points for the Sky. Six other players
had six or more points for Chicago.

Eastern Conference All-Star Becky Hammon had 18 points to lead
the Liberty (4-13), who are 0-6 in road games against Eastern
Conference opponents. Cathrine Kraayeveld added 14 points as New
York dropped its fourth consecutive game.

"I thought we played hard tonight," said Hammon, who was
critical of her team's effort after its 79-58 loss to Sacramento on
Thursday. "We just made some critical mistakes down the stretch."

The Sky went on a 12-4 run to open the fourth quarter, taking a
66-56 lead with 4:58 left in the game. A 6-0 run by the Liberty
made it 66-62 with 3:29 left but the Sky hit 10 of 12 free throws
in the final minute of the game to close it out.

New York used a 7-0 run to tie the game at 52 late in the third
period. Hammon had four points during the run.

"I thought we played with tremendous effort tonight," Liberty
coach Pat Coyle said. "We just had some shots that didn't go down.
It's tough to keep coming back, especially on a back-to-back."

The Liberty outscored the Sky 11-5 over the final five minutes
of the second quarter to cut Chicago's lead to 40-37 at halftime.

Sky starting forward Brooke Wyckoff missed her second straight
game with a broken right thumb.