Wilmington’s Tamera Young saves season for the WNBA Chicago Sky; plus UNCW socccer wins!

CHICAGO, IL (CHICAGO SKY WNBA) — With the win the Eastern Conference Finals series is tied 1-1 and will be decided at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wednesday, September 3.

Epiphanny Prince handed out five assists in the first quarter to help the Sky establish momentum early. Tamera Young and Sylvia Fowles were the beneficiaries, as Fowles poured in six points in the quarter while Young added four. At the end of the first quarter, Chicago trailed 18-16.

** Note – Tamera Young is a Wilmington resident and a graduate of Laney High School.

Erlana Larkins helped Indiana extend their lead to double digits midway through the second quarter until 2014 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Allie Quigley nailed two clutch three pointers to keep the Sky within striking distance. At the half, the Sky cut the deficit to eight points, 39-31.

Chicago came out in the second half with the mindset to get the ball inside to Sylvia Fowles. After having just six points at the half, Fowles finished the game with 27 as the Sky continued to give her touches inside and she was able to capitalize.

“We fed the monster,” said Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. “She was in beast mode in every aspect.”

Guards Vandersloot and Quigley scored a combined seven points in the third as the Sky regained momentum and cut the Fever’s lead to just one point with less than 30 seconds left. Indiana’s Karima Christmas closed the quarter with a three pointer to push the lead out to four, 52-48.

A three pointer by Elena Delle Donne early in the fourth quarter gave Chicago their first lead since the first quarter. As time continued to run out, the game became a battle of point guards with Courtney Vandersloot and Briann January trading impressive play after impressive play, each seemingly willing their teams to victory. Tamika Catchings hit a jumper from the wing with 11.6 seconds left in regulation to put Indiana up two. On the following possession, Young scored on a crucial put-back layup with one second remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime, 71-71.

Indiana and Chicago traded baskets through the first overtime with Sylvia Fowles and Tamika Catchings providing the bulk of the scoring. The first extra period ended even at 79-79, forcing a double overtime. In the second overtime, Young once again delivered, grabbing a defensive rebound as time expired to secure an 86-84 victory.

The Sky heads to Indianapolis to play an Eastern Conference series-deciding Game 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The game will broadcast on NBATV and WNBA Live Access. The winner of Game Three will advance to the WNBA Finals starting on Sunday, September 7th against the winner of the Western Conference Finals.

** Note – Tamera Young is a Wilmington resident and a graduate of Laney High School.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Colin Bonner’s header for a goal in the 106th minute lifted UNCW to a 2-1 win over in-state rival UNCG on Monday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

The Seahawks moved to 2-0 with the win to open the season while the Spartans dropped to 0-2.

On the game-winning goal, Jose Garcia gained control of the ball on the right flank and sent a long serve into the top of the penalty area. Bonner was able to use every bit of his 6-4 frame to beat his defender and send a header under the crossbar and inside the right goal post to end the contest.

Also notching a goal for the Seahawks was David Sizemore in the 22nd minute. UNCG committed a foul and Sizemore stepped up to take the free kick and sent a curling shot that tucked itself inside the left goal post and past the diving UNCG goalkeeper.

UNCW held the lead until Tommi Gardarsson drew the Spartans even with a penalty kick goal in the 57th minute. The foul was committed when a corner kick from the rightside caromed off a Seahawk defender’s arm for the spot foul.

UNCW’s Sean Melvin finished with four saves for his second win of the season while Davis Griffin recorded five saves for the Spartans.

UNCW held an 18-15 advantage in shots and 10-5 lead in corner kicks.

The Seahawks continue their three-game homestand on Friday when they host Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. The game is part of the Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Classic with the schedule beginning earlier that day with Elon and Winthrop playing at 5 p.m.

** NOTE – Click the play video icon to see highlights from Monday’s game


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