Sun Sets the Sky Away In Overtime

The sun rose early tonight in Chicago, as the Connecticut Sun came from behind and defeated the Chicago Sky in an overtime nail-biter, 102-97.

The Sky began the game on a tear, jumping to a 29-23 lead after the first quarter. They continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, finishing the half shooting 56% from the floor, and took a 13 point lead into half-time, 56-43. The 56 first half points scored by the Sky set a team record for most points scored in a half.

“How fun was that?” said Sky Head Coach Bo Overton. “Connecticut made big plays. It’s not like they were wide open – they were guarded, they were doubled and they still made great plays.

Candice Dupree set a franchise record on the night, scoring 31 points. She also grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds and handed out 7 assist.

“If we can keep Candice in a good rhythm, we are in good shape,” said Overton. “She played tonight just like she played in Minnesota.” Dupree scored 25 points in the Sky’s 82-77 win over the Minnesota Lynx on May 25.

Brooke Wyckoff got her first start of the year with Stacey Dales out with a strained left hamstring. She turned in a strong performance against her old team, scoring 9 points, dishing out a career-high 10 assists, and grabbing 7 rebounds. Her 10 assists also tied a team record for assists in a game.

Connecticut fell behind by 17 points early in the third quarter, then turned it on and showed why they have advanced to the last four Eastern Conference finals. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, they were back within 5 points, and with 8:04 left in the ball game, Asjha Jones knocked down a 14’ jump shot to tie the game at 75-75.

Jones poured in a career-high 31 points on 11 of 23 shooting to go along with her 7 rebounds.

With 1:28 to go in the game, Le’Coe Willingham went to the line and made good on one of two free throws to again knot the game at 86-86.

Coming out of a time-out, rookie Armintie Price drove the baseline, but was met by a sea of Sun defenders, and the ball went out of bounds on Price, leading to overtime.

Katie Douglas nailed a three pointer on Connecticut’s first possession in OT, giving the Sun a three-point lead. Douglas scored 22 points.

The Sky crept back to within one when Dominique Canty, who scored 16 points on the night, made two free throws with 1:37 to go in the game. However, Douglas came right back down the floor and hit a running one-handed shot to put the Sun back up by 3.

Dupree had one last chance to tie the game up, but missed the opportunity with 5 seconds to go, closing the book on the evening.

On the consensus in the locker room after the game, Dupree said, “We were pleased with how we played. We did a great job as a whole, especially playing without two of our starters. It takes experience to win down the stretch in games like this. Coach said the Sun scored on just about every possession in OT, and we just can’t let that happen.”

The team flies tomorrow morning to Washington, D.C., taking on the Mystics tomorrow night at 6 pm. The game can be heard live on WVON 1690AM.