The Windy City has not been the friendliest of destinations for the Connecticut Sun this season. On Thursday night, the Sun dropped their second game in two trips to the Rosemont Horizon—the only two losses they have suffered this season—this time 107-101 in double overtime, to the Chicago Sky on Thursday night before a crowd of 3,319.
Chicago’s Epiphanny Prince scored 10 of her 25 points in the second overtime—a three-pointer and a 7-for-8 performance from the charity stripe—while Sylvia Fowles added 24 points and 12 rebounds, Tamera Young had 20 points, Michelle Snow chipped in with 17 rebounds and 12 points, and Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and 10 assists for the Sky, who snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-3. Chicago was without the services of veteran guard Dominique Canty who had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee earlier in the day. Canty is expected to be out three weeks.
Renee Montgomery led Connecticut in scoring with 33 points—matching her career high—while Tina Charles added 22 points and 13 rebounds for her third straight double-double. With the loss, which snapped a three-game winning streak, the Sun fell to 4-2.
There were six ties and nine lead changes in the fourth quarter. Chicago took an 84-81 lead on Fowles’ putback with 9 seconds left, but Montgomery hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to force overtime.
Montgomery made another 3-pointer to make it 91-90 in the first overtime. After Kara Lawson’s free throw made it 92-90 with 6.9 seconds left, Fowles hit a turnaround jumper off an inbound feed to tie it.
The Sun are now off to Indianapolis for a matchup with Katie Douglas, Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever on Saturday night before returning friendly confines of the Mohegan Sun Arena for two key contests—Tuesday night vs. Candace Parker, Tina Thompson and the Los Angeles Sparks followed by a date with the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm, featuring Sue Bird and Swin Cash and on Friday night. The Indiana and Seattle games will be televised throughout Connecticut and New England on Comcast Sports New England (CSNE). Saturday night’s game vs. the Fever will also be televised nationally on NBA-TV. Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The Storm will be without the services of All-World forward/center Lauren Jackson, the WNBA’s 2010 regular season and Finals MVP, who will be out “a minimum of three weeks” with a hip injury suffered against the Tulsa Shock this past Tuesday night.
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