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Sky's Sylvia Fowles posts double-double in return to beat Liberty

Cappie Pondexter (23) reacts after being called for

Cappie Pondexter (23) reacts after being called for an offensive foul in the second quarter of a game against the Chicago Sky. (July 18, 2013) Credit: Jason DeCrow

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 13 rebounds to power the East-leading Chicago Sky to an 80-69 victory Saturday over the Liberty.

Fowles missed Chicago's 75-55 victory over the Liberty on Thursday with a sprained right ankle and was questionable for Saturday. She played 27 minutes and helped the Sky to their fifth straight victory and fourth in a row over the Liberty with her seventh double-double.

Rookie Elena Delle Donne, the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game, scored a career-low seven points. But Chicago had five players in double digits, led by Tamera Young's 17, and increased its lead over idle Atlanta to one game for first place in the East as it chases its first postseason berth.

Chicago also stayed undefeated against the Liberty this season. Before Saturday, Chicago's closest win over New York had been 13 points. The Sky also rolled to a 93-64 victory July 7.

Cappie Pondexter, who on Thursday was named a starter for the July 27 All-Star game, snapped out of a brief offensive slump to lead New York with 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting. She had shot 21.9 percent over her previous three games.

New York has lost six of seven and three straight.

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