Sun rally in 4th, beat Sky 72-63 to advance to WNBA Finals
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonquel Jones had 15 factors and 10 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun overcame an 11-point deficit within the fourth quarter, beating the Chicago Sky 72-63 Thursday evening within the decisive fifth sport of the semifinal collection and advancing to the WNBA Finals.
Connecticut scored the ultimate 18 factors of the sport to beat a 63-54 deficit with 4:46 remaining.
All the Sun starters scored in double figures and Connecticut superior to the Finals of the WNBA playoffs for the third time general and first time since 2019.
Connecticut will face the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces for the WNBA title. The first sport of the collection is Sunday in Las Vegas.
“To be honest, going to enjoy this moment right now,” Jones stated. “Hats off to the Aces. We’ll see them in the championship. I’m just enjoying this moment right here.”
Chicago was making an attempt to develop into the primary workforce to repeat as WNBA champions for the reason that Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.
Trailing 63-54, Connecticut took over. DeWanna Bonner was fouled after making a layup by Kahleah Copper with 3:46 left. The two gamers exchanged phrases and that appeared to energise the Sun.
Jones scored inside to place the Sun forward with two minutes left, hitting an ensuing free throw for a three-point lead.
A pull-up jumper by Courtney Williams with 47.5 seconds remaining gave the Sun a five-point cushion, and Bonner knocked down 4 free throws to place the sport out of attain.
Connecticut outscored Chicago 25-5 within the fourth quarter, recovering from a disastrous third interval wherein it scored eight factors and turned the ball over seven occasions.
“We were on the ropes and it took that type of defensive quarter to advance to the finals,” Sun coach Curt Miller stated.
Copper led the Sky with 22 factors on 8-for-19 capturing, together with 3 of 5 from lengthy distance, and added 4 steals.
DeWanna Bonner chipped in with 15 factors, Hiedeman added 14 and Williams and Alyssa Thomas every added 12 for Connecticut.
Emma Meesseman, who completed with 14 factors on 6-for-14 capturing and 6 rebounds, gave the Sky an 11-point lead with 7:20 to play.
In the opening half, the Sun continued the torrid capturing they’d in Game 4, when the made 56.9% of their pictures. But that slowed within the third quarter, because the Sky protection tightened.
Candace Parker buried a 3-pointer and Copper adopted with three-point play to offer Chicago a 10-point lead coming into the fourth.
But Chicago’s capturing went chilly and the Sky missed their final eight pictures.
Parker completed with seven factors and 9 rebounds.
Chicago will face the top-seeded Aces in Las Vegas within the opener of the WNBA Finals on Sunday afternoon.
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