Eastern Conference Rematch
The Sky are looking to keep their edge in the playoff chase with Connecticut as they take on the Sun for the fourth time this season. The Sky are currently up two games to one over their Eastern Conference rivals in this highly competitive matchup including a thrilling 107-101 double overtime win the last time the teams played.
The Sky are tough to beat at home and now hold a 6-2 record at Allstate Arena. Meanwhile the Sun have struggled to a 2-5 mark on the road despite owning the best overall record in the Eastern conference at 9-5.
The last time out it was an epic battle between two evenly matched foes. There were six ties and nine lead changes in the fourth quarter. Chicago took an 84-81 lead on Fowles' put back with 9 seconds left, but Montgomery hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to force overtime. After Kara Lawson's free throw made it 92-90 with 6.9 seconds left in the first overtime, Fowles hit a turnaround jumper off an inbound feed to tie it and send the game into the second overtime. In the end, the Sky emerged victorious by getting to the line hitting 12 of 16 free throws in the second overtime to seal the win.
Epiphanny Prince was the hero, scoring 10 of her 25 points in the second overtime, and Sylvia Fowles had another big game adding 24 points and 12 rebounds. Renee Montgomery led Connecticut with 33 points, matching her career high, and had six assists. Tina Charles added 22 points and 13 rebounds.
The upcoming matchup marks the first contest between the two MVP candidates Fowles and Charles since Charles was voted by the fans over Fowles for the starting center spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Tina Charles is currently averaging 17.8 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, while Sylvia Fowles, who was named as an All-Star reserve leads the league in scoring with 20.4 points and averages 9.4 rebounds per game. Both players will likely come with something to prove. The battle of these two stars could very well determine the winner of the game.