Los Angeles Times

Sun rally past the Sky, reach WNBA Finals

Chicago’s quest to repeat falls short and Connecticu­t will play Las Vegas for the title.


CHICAGO — Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Connecticu­t Sun overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, beating the Chicago Sky 7263 Thursday night in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series and advancing to the WNBA Finals.

All the Sun starters scored in double figures and Connecticu­t advanced to the Finals for the third time overall and first time since 2019.

Connecticu­t will face topseeded Las Vegas for the WNBA title. Game 1 is Sunday in Las Vegas.

Chicago was attempting to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champions since the Sparks in 2002.

Jones scored inside to put the Sun ahead with two minutes left, hitting an ensuing free throw for a threepoint lead. Natisha Hiedeman tied the score with a transition layup with 2:24 left as Connecticu­t cut into the deficit in the fourth.

A pull-up jumper by Courtney Williams with 47.5 seconds remaining gave the Sun a five-point cushion, and DeWanna Bonner hit four free throws to put the game out of reach.

Connecticu­t outscored Chicago 25-5 in the fourth quarter, recovering from a disastrous third period in which it scored eight points and turned the ball over seven times.

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