After a great win against the Sun on Sunday, the Sky would once again play against the familiar team on their home court, in hopes of extending their streak. However, the game didn’t go their way, as they lost to a final score of 83-72.
While Tamera Young came back after missing Sunday’s game against the Sun in Connecticut, Sylvia Fowles, the WNBA’s rebounding leader, was still absent for the second straight game.
Sun’s Tina Charles took advantage of this as she scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks, leading Connecticut to improve their record to 9-2 on the road with tonight’s win. Charles as well got her 13th double-double of the season. Kara Larson and Renee Montgomery also helped as Larson contributed with 18 points, and Montgomery with 15
Vandersloot played great scoring 17 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals, and as well, Cash had a great game, as she had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. As well Swords, Princes and Petrovic had 10 points each, but it seemed it wasn’t enough to take down the Sun, who sit at 1st place in the Eastern Conference.
Vandersloot was off to a great start in the game as she scored 8 straight points in the 1st quarter, leading with a 14-13 lead. The Sun however still hung in there as they lead by 21-20 at the end of the second quarter. That would be the end of it, as the Sun never trailed again in the game. Halftime and the Sun were up 44-33.
After the 3rd quarter, the Sun had a bigger lead, leading by 58-44 and halfway into the 4th quarter, the Sun lead even more, leading by 73-52.
The Sun’s defense was the key to winning tonight’s game, as they held Chicago, shooting 37% (26-70) from the field, 1.67% (4-24) beyond the arch and had 4 team blocks.
Although the Sky didn’t win tonight, they showed how vulnerable the Sun were, as they held the 1st placed Sun, shooting at 43% (27-63) from the field.
Chicago is now tied with the New York Liberty for the 4th and final place to be possible contenders in playoffs. If the Sky make it to the playoffs, it’ll become a franchise first.
The Sky will now travel to Indiana to face off against the Fever, while the Sun will face off against the Silver Stars, in San Antonio.