Friday, September 5, 2008

Sun-Sky Game Thread

Final, Sun win, 80-75: Tamika Whitmore had 17 points, including two on a big put-back with 38.3 seconds to play, and Barbara Turner scored 16, helping lift the Sun to their season-high seventh straight win.

Jia Perkins led Chicago with 18 and Sylva Fowles had 16 with six rebounds and seven turnovers.

End of 3rd quarter, 58-58: The Sky erased a nine-point deficit and took their first lead since early in the first quarter at 50-48. Down two, Chasity Melvin hit a jumper with 0.1 seconds left to tie it before the end of the frame. On the previous Sun basket, Lindsay Whalen dished to Svetlana Abrosimova, who hit a mid-range jumper. The assist was the 800th of Whalen's career.

End of 2nd quarter, Sun lead 39-35: Again, the Sun looked poised to break this game open after building an 11-point lead with 2:11 to play. But a quick 7-0 Sky run erased that.

Tamika Whitmore (13 points) and Amber Holt (11) have carried a Sun offense that hasn't relied upon Lindsay Whalen or Asjha Jones at all. The two All-Stars are a combined 2-for-7 from the floor with four points. On Chicago's side, Sylvia Fowles has been just as quiet (six points, four rebounds), aside from her six (yes, six!) turnovers. As a team, Chicago is still having a hard time holding onto the ball, accumulating 13.

End of 1st quarter, Sun lead 20-18: The Sun's defense looked as aggressive as ever in the first frame. Players were jumping passing lanes and switching well on screens. Before a late 7-2 run, Chicago struggled adjusting, committing seven turnovers (an extremely high number for one quarter) and taking just eight shots through the first 7 and half minutes of the game. The Sun led 18-11 and looked poised to build in it before reserves K.B. Sharp and Armintie Price helped pull Chicago within two. Tamika Whitmore has nine points.

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