Fowles gets double-double; Sky over Sun 86-75 in home opener

CHICAGO – Sylvia Fowles lit up Allstate Arena and the Connecticut Sun, putting up 24 points and 22 rebounds as her Sky edged a top Eastern conference opponent 86-75 in front over 6,500 fans in their home opener.

It was the first 20-20 game for Fowles in her WNBA career, and she finished just two rebounds shy of tying the league record for total rebounds in a game. Fowles went 9-for-19 from the field and also had three blocks.

Rookie Elena Delle Donne had another impressive outing, scoring 20 points and shooting 60 percent despite early double teams from the Sun. Epiphanny Prince had 17 points and shot over 50 percent from the field. Courtney Vandersloot led all players with seven assists.

As a team the Sky shot 45 percent from the field and out-rebounded Connecticut 46-32. The Sky shot 36 percent from 3-point range, with from Prince, Delle Donne, Shay Murphy and Swin Cash all connecting from downtown.

Reigning league MVP and Connecticut center Tina Charles finished with a double-double (16 points, 15 rebounds) despite a quiet first quarter. Guard Allison Hightower led the Sun with 20 points, shooting over 60 percent from the field. Guard Kara Lawson, Connecticut’s leading scorer coming into tonight’s game, had 11 points.

Sun guard Renee Montgomery went down with a lower-leg injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Before Friday, the Sky had lost seven of their previous 10 meetings with the Sun. With a win against a perennial Eastern conference power, the Sky can be seen as a serious contender in the conference. The teams will meet three more times this season.

The Sky (2-0) close out the weekend at home and hope to continue their winning streak against rookie Skylar Diggins and the Tulsa Shock on Sunday.