Sky Town has officially been rained on. The Connecticut Sun defeated the Chicago Sky 72-63 at Wintrust Arena, and will be advancing to the WNBA finals to face off against the Las Vegas Aces.
In a hard fought game, the Sun’s DeWanna Bonner stated, “Our defense was the key to tonight’s game. Yes, we were scoring, but our defense was the most important in the third quarter. We was down even in the fourth. We was down, but you see that we battle back and now we heading to the championship.”
Bonner, who was responsible for 15 points, shot 50 percent on the court, tied with the game high points with Jonquel Jones. Bonner, who also had five assist and nine rebounds, was named player of the game. Connecticut had five players that scored double digits (Bonner, Alyssa Thomas, Jones, Courtney Williams, and Natisha Hiedeman).
James Wade, the coach of the Chicago Sky, stated, “I feel disappointed, not in the players, but in me. I feel like I couldn’t get us a bucket. So that’s on me. We weren’t executing plays like we should.
“The Sun came out with more energy and intensity and they wanted it more,” Wade continued. “We had so many missed lay-ups and couldn’t score. Up to this point, I feel like I’ve done an okay job, but I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the job done. They only put up 72 points so our defense was kind of solid. I’m proud of my players and I appreciate everything they have done. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”
The Sky’s Candace Parker stated, “It sucks. Connecticut is a good team, but in the fourth quarter things changed. We couldn’t score the ball and they came back and won. Looking back this was a good season. We had fun and played well as a team and had wonderful moments. This really sucks that we couldn’t make it back to the finals. In the fourth we stop playing beautiful basketball.” Parker shot 2 for 7.
The Sky’s big three were held to a combined 22 points, the Sun Times reported. Parker had seven, Vandersloot had 12, and Quigley had three.
Parker was asked about her future, retirement, and about returning to Chicago. “It all depends on if I feel like I can compete and if I fit with the team. We won a championship and lost the next, so in the off-season I have something to think about.”
Allie Quigley, who had an unusual game, stated, “Its hard. We just won last year and we were expecting to go back-to-back and we lost. It’s tough. We gave up in the fourth quarter.” Quigley was held at 0 and 6 from 3-point range.
Due to multiple players–such as Candace Parker, Emma Meesseman, Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, Rebekah Gardner, and Azurá Stevens–we can only hope that the Chicago Sky make it this far next year.
By Christopher Lockridge