Final

Liberty 79

(5-20, 3-11 away)

Sky 72

(3-21, 2-10 home)

    8:00 PM ET, July 25, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 18 19 17 2579
    CHI 20 21 12 1972

    Top Performers

    New York: C. Kraayeveld 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Chicago: C. Dupree 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kraayeveld's double-double helps Liberty end 11-game skid

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Catherine Kraayeveld tied a career-high with 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New York Liberty defeated the Chicago Sky 79-72 Tuesday night to snap a franchise-record 11-game losing streak.

    Barbara Farris added 10 points and 10 rebounds for New York and Loree Moore added 14.

    Candice Dupree had a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Sky lost their seventh consecutive game. Amanda Lassiter added 10 points and eight rebounds.

    The Sky's Stacey Lovelace made a jumper with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to make it 70-68. But a 3-pointer by Erin Thorn gave the Liberty a 73-68 lead with 1:47 left in the game. Shameka Christon's 3 with 45.5 seconds remaining gave New York a commanding 76-70 lead.

    Chicago used an 8-0 run to extend its lead to 49-39 with 4:51 left in the third quarter. But the Liberty went on a 16-4 run to end the third quarter up 54-53. The Sky outscored New York 21-19 in the second quarter to take a 41-37 lead into halftime.

    Chicago held a 22-10 advantage on points in the paint and only turned the ball over three times in the first half. Chicago got off to a fast start, taking a 13-2 lead on Stacey Dales' 3 with 4:57 left in the first quarter.

    Liberty leading scorer Becky Hammon missed her seventh straight game with a sprained left ankle. New York also was without its leading rebounder Kelly Schumacher-- out for the season with sprained ligaments in her right knee.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      New York Chicago
    Points 79 72
    FG Made-Attempted 26-62 (.000) 27-64 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-24 (.542) 3-18 (.167)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-18 (.000) 15-24 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-34 13-35
    Assists 19 17
    Turnovers 6 7
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)