WNBA Game Preview - Connecticut v Chicago

WNBA Basketball
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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Connecticut Sun 21 14 28 20 83
Chicago Sky 17 20 23 26 86
10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST21:00 UAE18:0013:00 ET11:00 AM CT16:00 , October 3, 2021
Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 7,421

Sky look to defend home turf vs. Sun in Game 3

Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun will look to take control of their WNBA semifinal series when they visit Courtney Vandersloot and the Chicago Sky for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

After big Game 1 performances, both Jones and Vandersloot had off nights in the top-seeded Sun's 79-68 win over the sixth-seeded Sky in Game 2 on Thursday to level the series at one victory apiece.

Jones, the WNBA MVP, finished with just four points on 2-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. Vandersloot totaled 10 points, six assists and six turnovers.

In Chicago's 101-95 double overtime Game 1 win, Jones scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 boards and Vandersloot recorded the league's second-ever postseason triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a WNBA playoff-record 18 helpers.

Sun captain Alyssa Thomas helped pick up the slack as both she and DeWanna Bonner scored 15 apiece to pace Connecticut.

"I loved our want, I loved our will, and we played hard. When we weren't perfect, we found a way to win," Sun coach Curt Miller said. "Winning cures a lot of evils. It's built our confidence back up, and now it's a series."

Sky regular-season leading scorer Kahleah Copper had 13 points for the second straight game to lead the team in Game 2 while veteran Candace Parker added 12 after scoring a team-high 22 in Game 1.

"I think I need to bring more energy," Copper said about her slow start to the series. "I think we need to be a lot tougher out there, and it's starts with me."

Both teams aired public criticism of their travel accommodations to Chicago ahead of Game 3 after needing six commercial flights to reach their destination. Charter flights are generally not used for WNBA games as a cost-cutting measure.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 2, 2021

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