Sky Fall to Sun
On the night of Tuesday, July 26, in the fourth meeting between the Chicago sky and the Connecticut Sun, both teams came out playing like the powerhouses they are of the Eastern Conference.
During the first quarter of play, each team took turns trading baskets. Only midway through the first period, four lead changes had taken place. Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery each scored four points, respectively, to help keep the Sun competitive. For the Sky, all-star forward, Sylvia Fowles, took charge with four points as well. At the end of the opening period, the score remained tight as the Sky barely outscored the Sun, 17-15.
After a toss-up first period, the Chicago Sky struggled keeping possession of the basketball as the Sun capitalized off turnovers early in the second quarter. The Sky tallied a total of 10 turnovers before the halftime buzzer even sounded.All-star Tina Charles and veteran Asjha Jones took advantage of the turnovers, each scoring 11 points bythe intermission. However, the Sky still managed to stay in the game with help from Sylvia Fowles and Michelle Snow, only losing by two points at half, 34-32.
The Chicago Sky continued where they left off in the first half by turning the basketball over, and giving the Connecticut Sun plenty of opportunities to capitalize off of them. While turning the ball over 16 times, only two turnovers short of their game average of 18, the Sky were forced to make adjustments. The Sun also continued their hot streak behind scoring leaders, Tina Charles and Asjha Jones. Both players could not miss, whether an open shot or not. At the end of the third Charles had already compiled a total of 17, while Jones poured in 18 points before the third period horn.
Coming into the fourth period, the Chicago Sky was caught trying to dig themselves out of their own hole from turnovers they gave up throughout the first halfof the game. However, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles could not, and would not miss, registering a total of 22 and 21 points, respectively. Renee Montgomery also chipped in with 14 points. In the end, the Connecticut Sun deemed to be too hot to handle for the Chicago Sky. After a final hard fought push fell short by the Sky, the Connecticut Sun managed to come out on top, 77-66.