Four Chicago players score double figures as Sky lose; WNBA semifinal series tied at 1-1 --From a press release. Video below 2021-10-01
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The Connecticut Sun outscored the Chicago Sky 21-9 in the fourth quarter as the Sun took Game #2 of the five-game series with a final score of 79-68 over the Sky at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday evening. Tonight's officials were Eric Brewton, Amy Bonner and Billy Smith.
Chicago saw four separate players (guard Kahleah Copper, forward Candace Parker, center Azurá Stevens and guard Courtney Vandersloot) score at least 10 points, but the Sky dropped Game #2 of the semifinals to the Sun on Thursday night.
The Sky outscored the Sun in fast break points, notching 6 compared to Connecticut's 4.
It was a game of runs on Thursday - a matchup that saw the score tied five times between the two teams and seven times that there was a lead change.
The Sky finished the night with 8 blocked shots, the team's most in a playoff game since August 28, 2018, when Chicago recorded 10 against the Atlanta Dream.
Chicago outscored the Sun 23-21 in the first quarter and 20-13 in the third quarter.
After leading the Sun in scoring (26) and rebounding (11) in Game #1 of this playoff series, Sun forward Jonquel Jones was held to just 4 points on 2 of 9 shooting.
Chicago opened Thursday's game with a 11-0 run against Connecticut. Near the end of the first quarter, the Sun went on a 6-0 run, trimming the Sky's lead.
After Azura' Stevens committed her third foul with 5:10 remaining in the second quarter, the Sun closed the first half on a 12-4 run to take a 6-point halftime lead
The Sky opened the 3rd quarter with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 1 point. Later in the quarter, Chicago had a 9-4 run to take a 4-point lead.
The Sun went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Later in the same quarter, Connecticut had a 8-0 run to take a 79-65 lead with 1:42 remaining.
-At the charity stripe, Chicago converted 11 of its 12 attempts on Thursday. In comparison, Connecticut converted 11 of their 18 free-throw attempts. The Sky shot 9 free throws in the first half but only 3 in the 2nd half
-The Sky were held to 33.3% shooting in the second half, totalling just 29 points across the final two quarters of action.
-Connecticut boasted a 40-28 advantage in the paint, an offensive effort led by Sun forward Alyssa Thomas, who scored 12 of her 15 points inside.
-After shooting 67% with 27 points in Game #1 of the 2021 WNBA Playoff Semifinals, the Sky bench shot 23.6% on Tuesday and scored 15 points while only grabbing 4 rebounds.
-After shooting 4 of 10 in the first half from three-point land, Chicago was held to 3 of 16 from deep in the second half.
-The Sky's 9 points in the fourth quarter was the team's fewest in a playoff quarter since it was held to 8 points by the LA Sparks on Oct. 2, 2016.
-The Sky's starting five shot 58.8% (10 for 17) in the first half, but were held to 37.9% (11 for 29) in the second half.
-The Sky opened the 4th quarter 1 of 12 from the field, which helped Connecticut turn a 1-point deficit into a 14-point lead.
NEXT UP: The 2021 WNBA Playoff Semifinals is now tied at 1-1 with the series shifting to Wintrust Arena going into Game #3. Tip-off for the next game between the Chicago Sky and the Connecticut Sun is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. CT. Sky fans can purchase tickets for Game #3 (and Game #4) on the team's website. Both games will also be broadcasted on ESPN.
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