Perkins Scores 19 in Chicago's Win Over Liberty

Associated Press
Thursday, August 28, 2008; 10:40 PM

NEW YORK -- Jia Perkins scored 19 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 69-60 win over the New York Liberty on Thursday night, the teams' first game after a monthlong Olympic break.

U.S. national team gold medalist Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Sky (9-17). Candice Dupree added 12 points.

Essence Carson scored a career-high 19 points for the Liberty (15-11), who dropped to third in the Eastern Conference, 11/2 games behind leader Connecticut and a half-game back of idle Detroit.

Janel McCarville added 13 points for New York, which had won six of seven before the Olympic break.

The Sky went on a 9-0 run to take a 57-52 lead with 5:02 left. Carson broke the Liberty's 61/2-minute scoring drought with a basket and layup.

Carson's 3-pointer and basket brought New York to 62-60 with 3:12 left, but Perkins had a three-point play to extend the Sky's lead to five points. Fowles added a layup with 43 seconds left for the final tally.

A layup by Perkins, who had 13 first-half points, made it 34-all at halftime. Fowles started out slowly, finishing 0-for-2 from the field with four rebounds at the break.

She made the first basket of the third quarter, and found her rhythm in the second half, finishing 4-for-8 from the field.

The Liberty will face Chicago two more times in the next eight games during a 17-day stretch to close the regular season. New York plays its final regular-season game at home against Detroit on Sept. 14 before the playoffs begin on Sept. 18.

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