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Chicago Sky give Prince multi-year extension

  • Prince is to the Sky as DRose is to the Bulls. With her, the Sky were a force in the WNBA. When she went down with an injury, they wilted. Expect her to be near the top of the league in scoring again, after averaging 18.1 points in 26 games in 2012. --Chris Sosa
Prince is to the Sky as DRose is to the Bulls. With her, the Sky were a force… (McClatchy/Tribune )
May 17, 2013|By Riley Blevins | RedEye

Chicago Sky standout guard Epiphanny Prince received a multi-year contract extension, head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced Friday in a press release.

The terms of the contract were not yet disclosed, per team policy.

Last season, Prince cemented herself as an all-star, becoming the first WNBA player since 1997 to score 30-points in three straight games.

The 25-year-old led the team in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game while shooting an impressive 44 percent from the field.

Prince missed extended time last season with a fractured right foot, and the Sky again failed to reach the WNBA playoffs. The Sky have never made the playoffs.

Prince will miss seven regular games this season between June 4 and June 30 to join the Russian national team as it competes in the EuroBasket tournament.

Should the team qualify, the Brooklyn native has the chance to be the second American-born player to play for Russia’s national team in the Olympics.

"In a relatively short professional career, Piph has established herself as a prolific scorer, while continuing to improve on the defensive end of the floor,” Chatman said in a press release. “We feel she's the future of the league and wanted to make sure she's in a Sky uniform for the duration.”

The Sky gave Prince the opportunity she wanted so badly three years ago. Prince was Chicago’s fourth overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, after the 5-foot-9 guard skipped her senior season at Rutgers to focus on developing for the draft---a rare move in women’s basketball. Prince embarked on a journey overseas, playing for international powerhouse Spartak Moscow and Botas Spor, a team in Adana, Turkey, competing against stars such as Diana Taurasi every day in practice.

The move paid immediate dividends. As a rookie, Prince played in all 34 games and was the Sky’s third best scorer. She averaged 9.8 points a game while offering 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Price burst onto the national spotlight in high school when she scored a jaw-dropping 113 points in a game.

“I have been excited to play for the Chicago Sky since the day I was drafted and couldn’t think of a better place to continue my career,” Prince said in a press release. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that Pokey and Michael Alter have given me. Having such a great organization, coaching staff and teammates makes me eager to get this season started. I look forward to playing in front of great fans and bringing this city a championship.”

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