If you can't beat them, take their players.
That's kind of what the Chicago Sky did in trying to solve its problem with the Indiana Fever.
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Last summer, the only season series that the Sky lost was to the Fever, 3-1. In the playoffs, the Fever swept the top-seeded Sky in the first round, 2-0.
Over the off-season, the Sky signed two formidable role players from the Indiana Fever, forward Jessica Breland and center Sasha Goodlett.
Both helped the Sky get a big, 74-71 come-from-behind victory Friday night against the Fever in the season opener for both teams at Allstate Arena. It was the first Sky win at home over Indiana since August 2011.
A record opening-game crowd of 6,721 saw Breland, once a villain with the Fever, score 13 points, pull down 9 rebounds and block 6 shots. Second-year forward Elena Delle Donne added a game-high 23 points for the Sky, which was down by as many as 18 points. Goodlett added 9 points and 10 rebounds.
"Playing against Indy … I guess it was a good thing because I know all their plays and everything," Breland said with a laugh. "And I could (understand) what they were saying (from the bench)."
The Sky, with seven new players, seemed like it was still in "get-to-know-you mode" early in the game. But things began to click on both sides of the ball in the second half, when the Sky outscored the Fever 38-25.
Both teams were playing short-handed.
Star Indiana forward and former Stevenson great Tamika Catchings stayed home with a sore back, while starting guard Layshia Clarendon also didn't travel due to a concussion.
For the Sky, center Sylvia Fowles, last year's defensive player of the year, is out until mid-June while recovering from off-season hip surgery. Starting guard Epiphanny Prince is home in New York for a few more days to deal with a personal situation.
Indiana put three players in double-figures, led by rookie forward Natasha Howard, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds.