The Sky began the second half of the season without its leading scorer, rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne, who missed Friday night's home game against Washington while recovering from a concussion.
And last year's leading scorer, Epiphanny Prince, had her fifth poor shooting game in a row.
So the East Division leaders figured to be in trouble.
And they would have been if not for Sylvia Fowles' third huge performance against the Mystics this season.
Fowles had a season-high 32 points, plus 15 rebounds and five blocks, to lead the Sky (13-5) to an 85-78 victory over the Mystics at Allstate Arena.
“She had a monstrous game, a lot of fun to watch,” Delle Donne said. “She is so dominant it takes way more than one player to stop her. I don’t even know if an entire team can stop her. She is that impressive.”
Fowles had her previous season high, 26, in the first game against Washington and 21 in the next. This time, she was 10 of 14 from the floor and 12 of 15 from the line.
“She is virtually unstoppable when she is in attack mode,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said.
Prince's 3 of 13 night — and season-low nine points — made her 16 of 65 in the last five games. But point guard Courtney Vandersloot pitched in nine points and nine assists with just two turnovers.
Delle Donne has not been cleared to play since she sustained the concussion diving for a loose ball in the Sky’s previous game, July 24 at Washington. She called the situation “day-to-day” and added she may be able to play Saturday at Indiana.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Delle Donne said.
She had to skip last Saturday's All-Star game after playing the Sky’s first 17 games of the season.
Delle Donne was joined in street clothes by backup center Carolyn Swords (torn knee ligament) and backup guard Sharnee Zoll-Norman (broken thumb).
“With three guys down right now, you have to step up,” Fowles said of her performance.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun