A fast break downcourt by Cappie Pondexter during the Liberty's...

A fast break downcourt by Cappie Pondexter during the Liberty's home opening loss to Connecticut. (May 19, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Cappie Pondexter scored a team-high 19 points, including a pair of key late free throws, and New York held off a late Chicago comeback for a 64-59 victory on Friday night.

The win was the second straight for the Liberty (6-9) and first in two tries over Chicago.

The Sky (8-6) trailed 61-59 following Sylvia Fowles' bank shot with 1:23 left, but missed a chance to tie on a turnover with 48 seconds to play.

Pondexter, fouled on an inbound pass with 19.3 seconds left, hit two free throws to open a four-point Liberty lead.

Teammate Essence Carson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Leilani Mitchell had 12 points and Kara Braxton added 11. Fowles paced Chicago with 20 points while Tamera Young added 16.

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