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posted: 9/11/2012 9:50 PM

Prince scores 26 to lead Sky past Lynx 83-70

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Associated Press

Epiphanny Prince scored 26 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 17 as the Chicago Sky beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 83-70 on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.

Carolyn Swords had 11 points and nine rebounds to help the Sky (12-17) pull into a tie with New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining.

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Chicago, vying for the franchise's first postseason berth, was without Olympic center Sylvia Fowles for the second straight game due to a calf strain. Fowles was in street clothes on the bench and her lower left leg in a soft walking cast.

Maya Moore scored 18 points to lead the Lynx (24-5). Rebekkah Brunson had 17 and Candice Wiggins added 14.

The Sky broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run over the final 5 minutes. Chicago finished with a 40-18 scoring edge in the paint and had a 31-24 rebounding advantage.

Swin Cash's jumper with 6:50 left gave the Sky a 50-40 lead. Minnesota chipped away and pulled to 52-49 on Moore's 3-pointer with 4:50 to go.

However, the Lynx never got closer as Prince scored 10 points in the period to help the Sky take a 61-55 lead heading to the fourth.

Vandersloot scored eight points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers -- as the Sky led by six points. The Lynx trimmed the lead to 23-22 by the end of the period on Wiggins' 3.

Chicago outscored Minnesota 17-7 in the second quarter -- to take a 40-29 lead at the break -- partly due to six turnovers by the Lynx. Vandersloot closed with half with 10 points while Sonja Petrovic added nine. Brunson led Minnesota with nine.

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