While Elena Delle Donne and the previously unbeaten Chicago Sky couldn’t keep up with the defending WNBA champs their last time out, facing the lowly Connecticut Sun again could help them bounce back.
Chicago goes for a sixth consecutive win over the Sun, who are seeking their first road victory in almost 10 months Friday night.
The Sky (4-1) won each of their first four games before falling 75-72 to Minnesota on Monday. Delle Donne, who came in averaging 23.5 points, was held to 16 while shooting 7 for 19 and failed to get to the free-throw line for the first time.
"We needed to be more aggressive and make it obvious that we are getting fouled," said Delle Donne, whose team made 6 of 7 foul shots. "I need to attack and get to the rim."
Forward Jessica Breland also scored 16 and Allie Quigley added 15 off the bench. The Sky limited the Lynx to 42.6 percent shooting, but they shot just 41.7 percent.
"Holding Minnesota to 75 points when they average 90 you give yourself an opportunity to win," said coach Pokey Chatman, whose team is still without Sylvia Fowles and fellow All-Star Epiphanny Prince. "We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunity we presented ourselves with today."
While things didn’t go their way Monday, the Sky still appear to be in good shape going forward.
"We need to work on communicating better," said Breland, who signed with Chicago this offseason. "We are a young team and I am new here. We’re just trying to get to know each other and build team chemistry and I think this game is one of the games to help with that."
The Sky could have an easier time against the Sun, whom they defeated 78-68 on May 21. Delle Donne scored 21 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 18 as Chicago shot 51.7 percent and limited Connecticut to 35.3 percent.
While the Sun (1-4) went on to defeat Seattle 71-59 two days later, they saw their woes resume in Thursday’s 79-65 loss at Indiana. Star rookie Chiney Ogwumike finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Katie Douglas scored 11, but no other player had more than eight points.
The Sun led by three after the first quarter before getting outscored 15-7 in the second. They shot just 15 of 26 from the foul line while the Fever went 31 for 40, matching a franchise record for attempts.
Connecticut, which is 0-3 away from home, has dropped 11 straight road games since winning 88-66 at New York on Aug. 3.
Ogwumike, the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, leads the team with 18.4 points per game.