ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The New York Liberty took the lead for good on a lay-up by Kennewick High grad Leilani Mitchell with 4:19 to play and held off a late Chicago comeback for a 64-59 victory on Friday night.
Cappie Pondexter scored a team-high 19 points, including a pair of key late free throws, for New York (6-9), winners of two straight.
"Essence Carson, Leilani and Nicole (Powell) - the whole bunch gave a great effort," said New York coach John Whisenant. "Chicago is a very good team. Two Olympians and we'll be watching them on television next month. We've had some difficult swings. We've played a bunch without hurt people, but they battled back and I was proud of them."
Carson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Mitchell had 12 points and Kara Braxton added 11 for New York.
The Sky (8-6) trailed 61-59 following Sylvia Fowles' bank shot with 1:23 left, but missed a chance to tie on a turnover with 48 seconds to play.
Pondexter, fouled on an inbound pass with 19.3 seconds left, hit two free throws to open a four-point Liberty lead.
Fowles paced Chicago with 20 points. The Sky shot 6 for 21 from the free-throw line and their 28.6 percent from the line was a franchise low.
The Sky have lost five of their past six after starting the season at 7-1.
Chicago travels to Indiana today, while New York is home on Sunday against San Antonio.