Sun Rally in 4th, beat Sky 72-63 to advance to WNBA Finals

CHICAGO – Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit, beating the Chicago Sky 72-63 Thursday night in the deciding Game 5 of the Semifinals series and advancing to the WNBA Finals.

Connecticut scored the game’s final 18 points to overcome a 63-54 deficit with 4:46 remaining.

All of the Sun’s starters scored in double figures and Connecticut advanced to the Finals for the third time overall and the first time since 2019.

Connecticut will face the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces for the WNBA title. The first game of the series will take place on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Chicago was trying to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.

Jones scored inside to put the Sun ahead with two minutes left, hitting a free throw that followed for a three-point lead. Natisha Hiedeman tied the game with a transition layup with 2:24 to go as Connecticut cut their deficit in the fourth.

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A Courtney Williams pull-up with 47.5 seconds left gave the Sun a five-point cushion, and DeWanna Bonner knocked down four free throws to put the game away.

Connecticut beat Chicago 25-5 in the fourth quarter, recovering from a disastrous third period in which it scored eight runs and returned the ball seven times.

Kahleah Copper led the Sky with 22 points on 8 shooting for 19, including 3 of 5 from long range, and added four interceptions.

DeWanna Bonner added 15 points, Hiedeman added 14 and Williams and Alyssa Thomas each added 12 for Connecticut.

Emma Meesseman, who finished with 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting and six rebounds, gave the Sky an 11-point lead with 7:20 left.

In the first half, the Sun continued the searing shooting they had in Game 4, when they hit 56.9% of their shots. But that slowed in the third quarter, as the Sky defense tightened.

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Candace Parker buried a 3-pointer and Copper followed with a three-point play to give Chicago a 10-point lead going into the fourth.

But Chicago’s shot went cold and the Sky missed its last eight shots.

Parker finished with seven points and nine rebounds.

NEXT

Chicago will face the top-ranked Aces in Las Vegas in the WNBA Finals opener on Sunday afternoon.

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