Sun pull away from Sky, level series 1-1
9/30/2021 10:12:59 PM EST
Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner scored 15 points apiece as the top-seeded Connecticut Sun bested the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky 79-68 in Game 2 to even their best-of-five WNBA semifinals series at one game apiece on Thursday night in Uncasville, Conn.
Thomas grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists while Bonner had eight boards. The Sun won despite an off night from WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones, who finished with just four points on 2-for-9 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds.
Jasmine Thomas and Briann January scored 12 apiece and Brionna Jones contributed 11 points for Connecticut, which bounced back from a 101-95 double-overtime loss to Chicago in Game 1 on Tuesday.
"It's just about protecting our home court," Alyssa Thomas told the ESPN2 broadcast. "We didn't come out and perform last game. We had slow starts today. My job all year is just to bring energy, and that was my goal today."
Kahleah Copper paced the Sky with 13 points. Candace Parker totaled 12 points and seven boards, Courtney Vandersloot and Azura Stevens scored 10 each and Allie Quigley added eight for Chicago.
The Sky took their first loss during the 2021 playoffs after winning back-to-back, single-elimination games to reach the semifinals, then shocking the Sun in the series opener.
Game 2 is Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
With the Sky leading 59-58 entering the fourth quarter, the Sun went on a 9-0 run to grab an eight-point lead on Alyssa Thomas' driving layup with 5:33 remaining to break the game open. Alyssa Thomas had 10 points in the fourth as Connecticut outscored the visitors 21-9 in the period.
Connecticut led 45-39 at halftime after closing the second quarter on a 10-4 surge.
Stefanie Dolson's two free throws capped a game-opening, 11-0 run for the Sky. Connecticut responded with a 21-10 surge to knot the score at 21 on Brionna Jones' layup with 26.8 seconds left in the first quarter. Copper's hoop with 3.7 on the clock put Chicago up 23-21 going into the second.
--Field Level Media
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