<
>

Dupree lifts Sky to first back-to-back wins in franchise history

CHICAGO -- On "Candice Dupree Bobblehead Night," Chicago's star forward had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 78-72 on Sunday.

"I had to live up to the hype," Dupree said.

Dominique Canty had 16 points and five assists for the Sky (3-3), who beat Washington 75-70 on Friday to give them back-to-back wins for the first time in franchise history. Chasity Melvin added 12 points for Chicago.

"For the players that were here last year, I think they've got the idea that we can win some games," said Sky coach Bo Overton, after the second-year team reached .500 for the first time.

Seimone Augustus, the WNBA's leading scorer coming into Sunday, had 23 points for the Lynx (0-7), who are off to their worst start in franchise history. They have lost ten consecutive games going back to last season.

Nicole Ohlde added 17 points for Minnesota. Lindsey Harding, the first overall pick of the 2007 draft, had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Minnesota came into the game shooting a WNBA-worst 35.4 percent and missed their first ten shots as the Sky took a 20-4 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter. Chicago extended its lead to 35-17 on a pair of free throws from Armintie Price with 3:11 left in the half.

Dupree hit two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Sky their biggest lead of the night at 64-46.

The Lynx opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run, cutting Chicago's lead to 66-60 with 5:12 left. But consecutive lay ups by Dupree and Canty gave the Sky a 70-60 lead with 4:20 remaining.

"We made a nice little run," Ohlde said. "We just can't wait until then to do it. That's the problem right there."