After giving each other the best punches in a thrilling opener, the sixth-seeded Connecticut Sun and Chicago Sky will face each other again Thursday night in Game 2 of their semi-final series. best of five finals in Uncasville, Conn.
Chicago picked up a 101-95 double-overtime victory in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Candace Parker turned back the clock with a 22-point performance while Courtney Vandersloot rewrote the history books with a triple-double and a WNBA playoff assist record.
Vandersloot eclipsed Sue Bird’s record for playoff assists with 18 assists and added 12 points and 10 rebounds to join Hall of Fame Sheryl Swoopes as the only player to record a playoff triple-double from the WNBA.
“That’s what I’m here for. Call my number when we need it, but (mostly) facilitate, ”Vandersloot said. “I’m just here doing my job, just like them (my teammates) all are.”
It was the third straight win in those playoffs for a team from Sky that entered the playoffs seemingly with four losses in six games.
“They came in, they were on the pace, they executed their game plan defensively,” said Brionna Jones, the league’s most improved player and center Sun, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds. “There were some missed opportunities for us defensively, some missed missions that we usually master. “
New WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones led all scorers with 26 points and caught 11 boards to lead Connecticut. DeWanna Bonner added 13 points and 10 panels for a Sun team limited to 37.8% shots.
“It was a tough game, but we were even tougher tonight,” Sky goalkeeper Allie Quigley said after exiting 19 points.
The Sun had 14 straight wins to cap the regular season before a nine-day layoff leading to their third loss in four games with Chicago this season.
“It’s kind of good and bad to have a bye. We were riding the wave a bit, ”said Bonner. “I’m not saying that’s why they won this game. Like I said, they played a (heck) basketball game.
–Field level media
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