Chicago C Sylvia Fowles will return to the lineup tonight, starting after missing her team’s past four matchups due to soreness in her right knee. Fowles, a 6-foot-6 Olympian, tore her ACL in the knee in college and needed surgery on her left knee last season, missing 17 games.
But she said past injuries didn’t make her cautious.
“I just needed a little time to recover,” said Fowles, who suffered the injury after knocking knees with teammate Jia Perkins in a home win against Washington. “I’m not extra cautious. If it’s going to hurt, it’s going to hurt. I felt like if I couldn’t give 100 percent, then I wasn’t going to play. But since I’m feeling good, I’m going to go out there and give it my all.”
The Sky is on a four-game losing streak, which the team partly attributes to missing Fowles. But despite her starting tonight, Key is going to limit his star.
“We practiced yesterday and she looked fine,” he said. “We’re not going to attempt to play her 30-plus minutes, but she has told me that if it gets down to crunch-time type of situation, she definitely wants to play and feels good.”
Seattle lost to Chicago in the first meeting 64-57 on the road, but part of the reason was the Storm not shooting well and lax play. Key held a team meeting prior to today’s game, emphasizing that the Storm probably won’t miss those shots tonight.
Seattle has won its past five home games, 15 since June 2008.
“Hopefully having her back will re-energize us and get us back to where we were priror to these last four games,” Key said of Fowles.
“It’s not going to be the same game, but we would love for it to end that way,” said Key of the win against the Storm in June. “We think they’re going to make those shots, we’re just going to try to make it as tough as possible.”
Well, let’s get to it. Here are your starters:
F Brooke Wyckoff
F Candice Dupree
C Sylvia Fowles
G Dominique Canty
G Jia Perkins
F Swin Cash
F Lauren Jackson
C Camille Little
G Sue Bird
G Tanisha Wright
Tonight’s officials are Kurt Walker, Byron Jarrett, and Tony Dawkins.