Hot attack leads Sun over Sky, 104-80, to force Match 5 in the semi-finals

It is unbelievable what is happening When professional basketball players make ball passes. In this case, that results in a playoff 5 with a place in the WNBA Finals on the streak.

seed number 3 Connecticut Sun They found their shooting touch and avoided elimination with a 104-80 Defeating the defending champion and seeded number 2 Chicago Sky At the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Tuesday. The fifth winner-takes-all game will be played at Winterst Arena in Chicago on Thursday.

The Connecticut team advanced strongly and built their early double-digit lead with the ways they struggled in Game Three. The lack of team-attack was called up by the Sun’s head coach, Kurt Miller, when he asked his players at a rally if they had done so. “Any suggestions for pro players who throw the ball?”

It’s fair to say that they didn’t face that question on Tuesday. They broke the record for paint points (66) early in season 4 and had the best shooting night (56.9%) of the season. They were 6 out of 15 out of 3. 104 points were one shy of tying a high in the regular season.

Courtney Williams, whose backcourt performance was lacking early in the series, grabbed the tip and attacked the basket on the first possession. Jonquil Jonesthe governor’s MVP who scored six points in 24 minutes, sank into the draw 3 index. Alyssa Thomas Added a banking bucket after not registering until the third quarter from the last time. Al Shams scored more points in the first half (38) than all of its points in the match 4 (36).

Sun won the first quarter by eight (30-22) and the second quarter by nine to lead, 58-41, in the half. Chicago never found its answer and the sun kept pressing with the extra hustle buckets by the Dijonai Carrington reserves and Odyssey Sims At the end of the second and third quarters, respectively. It was mostly the bench that each team carried during the last quarter of a 22-point game.

Bonner’s office Williams scored 19 points each. They were two of the four starters who had at least three assists. Thomas added 17 points. Three players came off the bench to hit a double and each shot was 50% or better.

Kolaya copper He scored 16 points for Sky, who collectively had 47.6% off the floor but 38.1% (8 of 21) of 3. Emma Mesman He added 14 and led all players with six assists. All five Sky beginners reached double digits as they did Dana Evans In 10 minutes off the bench.

How can the sun win the game 5

Make their own ball. This is everything in its simplest form.

Sun lost Game 3 by four points, a difference that could easily be overcome if they made three more attempts to paint (18 of 48). The way they won Game 4 might have been even more impressive because it wasn’t the “messy” style Miller said would be what Sun needed to progress.

Connecticut jumped to the top early, putting Chicago on its heels and not letting the pressure ease. Williams was wedded after suffering from her shot early in the series. That’s why she was sent back to Connecticut. The sun can only dominate the paint with the elite seniors if the guards are a viable threat.

The Sun total was the most points Sky had given up to a team all season. Momentum is now firmly in Sun’s favor even considering the loss in Game 3.

How can heaven return to the finals

All the pressure is on the sky, especially since they will be at home. The freshmen have re-signed with Sky at a free agency to restart it and the roster will likely look very different in 2023. The win should happen now.

Chicago will need to be strong, set the tone and rely on their movement to attack. you will need Candice ParkerReturn 1-3 gaming performance and contributions from each start in the first quarter to spread Sun Defense.

Parker played 26 minutes and finished the match with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Not the monster streak in her previous games. Courtney Vanderslot Only three assists. And Allie Quigley is emerging from a small, three-point shooting slump, a bright spot as the series continues.

They need to be more focused on the task at hand.

One issue to note for each is that they will be traveling commercially from Uncasville, Connecticut, to Chicago on Wednesday for a Thursday night tilt. WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert announced at the All-Star Weekend Charters that the charters will be used in the WNBA Finals, which begins on Sunday.

It’s notoriously difficult to break out of the WNBA mini-market and step into the league to pay for the Sun and Wings’ first-round pacts. But even that came with problems for Sun, who said she had to stick to a weight limit and leave equipment and people behind for a day.

Flying issues and a lack of good rest can play a role in both. Game 5 is poised to be even more subtle than its predecessor.

WNBA Semi-Final Table

Game 1: Sun 68, Sky 63

Game 2: Sky 85, Sun 77

The third game: Sky 76, Sun 72

Fourth game: Sun 104, Sky 80 (linked chain, 2-2)

Game 5: Thursday, Connecticut in Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2