Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sun-Sky Game Thread

Final, Sun 74-67: Asjha Jones scored 23 points, Lindsay Whalen had 20 and the Sun avoided becoming the first team in Connecticut history to lose six straight games. The Sun (14-10) allowed Chicago to creep within one, 64-63, before Amber Holt hit a 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining, kick-starting a 10-2 run to put it away.

Holt scored seven of the Sun's final 10 points, also putting back her own miss after a huge offensive rebound with about a minute and a half to play. To put it simply, the Sun made their shots down the stretch, an ability that deserted them in recent games. Five different Sky players scored in double figures, but Connecticut also didn't allow anyone to get hot late. Jia Perkins led Chicago (7-15) with 14 points.

With the victory, Connecticut moved a full game ahead of New York (12-10) for second place in the East.

End of 2nd quarter, Sun lead 35-33: An Asjha Jones lay-up with 1.5 seconds left provided the two-point margin, but it could, and probably should, be so much more. The Sun shot 37.8 percent from the field and had a number of misses in close range to the basket. They missed three lay-ups to open the game, and during a four-minute stretch in which they only scored three points, they missed at least right around the basket plus three foul shots. (They were 6-for-10 from the foul line overall.)

Jones leads all scorers with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting while, reminiscent to Friday, the Sky got balanced scoring; four players have six points while Jia Perkins has seven. Lindsay Whalen, who had her shoe fall off before putting it back on untied to draw a foul, has eight points, six rebounds and three assists.

End of 1st quarter, Sun lead 20-14: Don't look now, but the Sun just played a very solid first quarter. They made the Sky work for their points, and their scoring was very balanced with five different players scoring their final six baskets. They had a good mix of inside and outside as well.

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