Top-seeded Sun kick off pursuit of first WNBA title vs. Sky

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28 Sep 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

The top-seeded Connecticut Sun statesman pursuit of their archetypal WNBA rubric erstwhile they big the sixth-seeded Chicago Sky successful Game 1 of their best-of-five WNBA Playoffs semifinal bid connected Tuesday nighttime successful Uncasville, Conn.

Connecticut (26-6) matched a franchise grounds for victories portion amassing the champion grounds successful the WNBA this season.

MVP campaigner Jonquel Jones was astatine the halfway of the Sun's success. Jones, who already took location AP WNBA MVP honors, was the league's starring rebounder averaging 11.2 boards per crippled to spell on with the WNBA's fourth-best scoring mean of 19.4 points.

Jones was 1 of 3 Connecticut All-Stars alongside seasoned DeWanna Bonner and up-and-comer Brionna Jones. Bonner was the Sun's second-leading scorer averaging 15.2 points portion Brionna Jones posted averages of 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.

"As bully arsenic I am, nary of this happens without my teammates," Jonquel Jones said. "I admit them believing successful me, trusting successful me, giving maine the shot successful pugnacious situations and allowing maine conscionable to beryllium a large player."

Chicago (16-16) mislaid 4 of its last six regular play games but earned single-elimination playoff victories against the Dallas Wings and astatine the Minnesota Lynx to beforehand to the semifinals.

Kahleah Copper scored a game-high 23 successful the Sky's 81-64 playoff-opening triumph against the Wings past Thursday and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds successful an 89-76 triumph successful Minnesota connected Sunday.

Courtney Vandersloot had a team-high 19 points against the Lynx portion Candace Parker scored 8 to determination past erstwhile teammate Lisa Leslie into 5th spot connected the WNBA's all-time playoff scoring list.

"Our full mentality going into this playoffs was, 'We're not going to freak out,'" Parker said. "Teams play basketball. They're bully astatine basketball. They're going to marque runs, and we've got to support our composure and get backmost to us."

Chicago bushed Connecticut doubly successful 3 regular-season matchups this season, winning some meetings astatine home. The Sun rolled to a 74-58 triumph successful the teams' lone matchup successful Connecticut connected June 27.

--Field Level Media

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