The New York Liberty will look to keep their foot on the gas in their drive toward the playoffs on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Chicago Sky.
The Liberty (29-7) posted their fifth straight win with a decisive 89-58 decision over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night. Breanna Stewart paved the way with a double-double as New York benefited from five players scoring in double figures in its comprehensive victory.
With that in mind, the Liberty held out star Sabrina Ionescu (calf ailment) for what coach Sandy Brondello labeled as precautionary reasons.
Stewart has averaged 20.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the three encounters with the Sky this season. The 2018 WNBA MVP sank a go-ahead shot with 7.1 seconds remaining to help the Liberty win the lone clash in Chicago, a 77-76 decision on June 2.
Kahleah Copper scored 20 points in that clash for the Sky and did herself two points better on Tuesday in her team’s 76-75 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks. Chicago and Los Angeles have identical 15-21 records; however, the Sky are positioned in the eighth and final playoff spot by virtue of their edge in the head-to-head series.