WNBA

Sky 77, Sun 61

Share This Story

   
 

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP)

There was no way the Chicago Sky were going to lose three straight.

Epiphanny Prince scored 23 points and Elena Delle Donne added 19 to lead the Chicago Sky to a 77-61 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.

Sylvia Fowles had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for Chicago (14-7).

Allison Hightower scored 13 points for the Sun (6-14) and Kelsey Griffin had 12 points and six rebounds. Tina Charles, the reigning WNBA MVP, missed 16 of 18 shots and finished with five points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut.

The Eastern Conference-leading Sky had lost their previous two games, both to the Indiana Fever, scoring just 58 points in both losses.

''We want to stay at the top of the conference,'' Prince said. ''And we know that Atlanta (11-6) is right behind us. We came out. We were focused. We had a game plan and we executed it.''

Chicago had a four-point lead late in the second quarter when it began to blowout the Sun.

Prince began a 12-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Successive layups by Courtney Vandersloot gave the Sky a 39-23 lead with less than two minutes left in the first half.

''Sometimes you're on, sometimes you're off,'' Fowles said of the previous two games. ''We definitely were hungry (tonight) after those last two losses, so we tried to come in and be more focused tonight. . Just go out there and do what we can do.''

Vandersloot added 10 points and six rebounds for Chicago. Prince had four assists and four rebounds and Delle Donne grabbed nine rebounds.

Connecticut shot 32.1 percent from the floor. Delle Donne, Fowles and Prince outscored the Sun through three quarters, 47-43.

''I've said this before, and they've heard this before, but when we don't knock shots down, we lose our focus defensively,'' Sun coach Anne Donovan said. ''So you get Vandersloot into the lane when you're not thinking about your defense. You're not showing on a screen and Epiphanny Prince gets wide-open jump shots when you're thinking about your own missed shot. That, really, that's where it lies.''

Chicago scored the first five points and never trailed. It blocked four shots in first nine minutes of the game.

Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 rookie forward, made three 3-pointers in the third quarter.

''You've got to love her,'' Fowles said. ''You can't really do nothing with her (defensively).''

Prince's driving layup gave the Sky their biggest lead, 68-46, with over seven minutes left remaining in the game.

''This (game) was more about us and what we needed to do, especially on the defensive end of the floor,'' Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. ''It's something that we need to become more consistent with, and I thought we were throughout every quarter. We were really active with our hands and got a lot of deflections.''

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Why is LeSean McCoy practicing blindfolded? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Eagles RB 'Shady' McCoy.

Could Richie Incognito get another NFL job? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Richie Incognito.

Byron Scott: No Laker Can Beat Me In Horse - @TheBuzzeronFOX Posted: Aug 12, 2014
The Lakers new coach is still pretty confident in his shot. Kobe Bryant might ha...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Mitchell & Ness Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird Green Authentic Throwback Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Boston_Celtics/browse/featuredproduct/118804/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_118000/FF_118804_xl.jpg&w=100 249.95 Mitchell & Ness Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird Green Authentic Throwback Jersey
    adidas Los Angeles Lakers Purple Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/172442/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_172000/FF_172442_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Los Angeles Lakers Purple Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Miami Heat Black Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Heat/browse/featuredproduct/173566/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_173000/FF_173566_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Miami Heat Black Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Chicago Bulls Red Primary Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Bulls/browse/featuredproduct/173568/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_173000/FF_173568_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 adidas Chicago Bulls Red Primary Logo T-shirt
    adidas Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird White Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Boston_Celtics/browse/featuredproduct/177922/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177922_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Boston Celtics #33 Larry Bird White Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball..
    adidas Atlanta Hawks #21 Dominique Wilkins Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Atlanta_Hawks/browse/featuredproduct/177923/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177923_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Atlanta Hawks #21 Dominique Wilkins Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basket..
    adidas Los Angeles Lakers #32 Magic Johnson Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey - Gold http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Los_Angeles_Lakers/browse/featuredproduct/177924/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_177000/FF_177924_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Los Angeles Lakers #32 Magic Johnson Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketbal..
    adidas New York Knicks #19 Willis Reed Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Knicks/browse/featuredproduct/178326/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178326_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas New York Knicks #19 Willis Reed Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Bas..
    adidas Philadelphia 76ers #6 Julius Erving Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Philadelphia_76ers/browse/featuredproduct/178582/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178582_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Philadelphia 76ers #6 Julius Erving Royal Blue Hardwood Classics Swingman..
    adidas Houston Rockets #34 Hakeem Olajuwon Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basketball Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Houston_Rockets/browse/featuredproduct/178773/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_178000/FF_178773_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Houston Rockets #34 Hakeem Olajuwon Red Hardwood Classics Swingman Basket..