Uncasville, in a thrilling and fast-paced game, the Connecticut Sun faced off against the Chicago Sky in what turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat showdown. The Sky came out hot, opening the game with a scorching 9-0 run, which prompted an early timeout from the Sun with 7:04 left in the first quarter. The Sun, however, didn't stay quiet for long. Rebecca Allen stepped up with a jumper to get them on the board, and Natisha Hiedeman knocked down a crucial three, closing the gap to 11-6. TY Harris nailed a three-pointer, bringing the score to 16-11. But Dana Evans of the Sky quickly responded with a three of her own, maintaining the Sky's lead at 19-11. Alyssa Thomas then charged all the way to the basket, narrowing the gap to 19-15. The first quarter saw back-and-forth action, with DiJonai Carrington making a slick wrap-around pass to Olivia, ending the quarter with the score at 19-23. The second quarter continued to deliver excitement, with Olivia starting things off with a baseline jumper. Natisha Heidman’s euro step to the basket, tying the game at 25-25. Courtney Williams of the Sky hit a mid-range shot, but Tiffany Hayes responded with a crucial three-pointer, giving the Sun a 30-29 lead, albeit briefly, as Marina Mabrey of the Sky sank a three-pointer, making it 32-30. At halftime, the score stood deadlocked at 41-41. The third quarter continued to showcase the competitive spirit of both teams, with Tiffany Hayes driving to the basket and Marina Mabrey responding with yet another three-pointer. The Sun managed to build a 10-point lead, 58-48, prompting a timeout from the Sky. However, Courtney Williams and Marina Mabrey rallied the Sky with impressive three-pointers, bringing them back to a one-point lead at 59-58. The fourth quarter was equally intense, with Dana Evans leading the Sky's charge. She started with a drive to the basket, followed by a three-pointer by Robyn Parks. Ty Harris stays ready, and she puts her best efforts forward with two timely steals and knocks down a timely three bringing the sun within two (87-89). The 6,377 fans in Mohegan Sun Arena go crazy! Suns Leigha Brown with an offensive rebound and put back and ties the game 89-89. Olivia with the block on the defensive end and its overtime!
The game continued to see-saw into overtime, with Courtney Williams leading the charge for the Sky, ultimately securing a 102-91 victory. Despite the Sun's valiant efforts, it was the Sky that emerged victorious in this thrilling contest, showcasing the relentless spirit of both teams.
Chicago Skys Courtney Williams balled out and finished the game with her second triple double of the season with 23pts, 16rebs, 13ast, and 2stl. Marina Marbrey finished with 16pts and 7ast.
Connecticut Suns Olivia Nelson-Ododa finished with 20pts, 11rebounds and 2blocks.
“I was hype” said Olivia in post-game speaking on the block sending the game into overtime!
Coach Stephine White of the Sun “Locked in for the playoffs”.
Sun faceoff against the Lynx for the first round of the playoffs and game 1 is Wednesday September 13th, 2023, at 8pm!