Connecticut to face Chicago in semfinals
Following the conclusion of Sunday’s second round of the WNBA Playoffs, the semifinals bracket is set with the No. 1 seed Connecticut Sun set to host No. 6 Chicago Sky in a best of five-game series, starting Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at 8 p.m.
The Sun, which earned a double-bye into the semifinals with a league-best record of 26-6, went 1-2 in its three-game series with the Sky during the regular season this summer. The Sky beat Connecticut in back-to-back games in Chicago (81-75 on June 17 and 91-81 on June 19), before the Sun defeated the Sky at home at Mohegan (74-58) two weeks later.
The winner of the semifinal series will advance to the Finals, scheduled to begin on October 10, against the winner of the semifinal series of No. 5 Phoenix-vsNo. 2 Las Vegas. The Mercury advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Storm, 80-85 in overtime on Sunday with the return of Diana Taurasi after she missed the previous five
games with an ankle injury.
Chicago (17-16) clinched its spot in the semifinals after defeating No. 3 Minnesota, 89-76, on Sunday. The Sky advanced to Sunday’s second round after beating No. 7 Dallas, 81-64, during Thursday’s first round.
A POSSIBLE FINALE?
Following No. 5 Phoenix’s win over No. 4 Seattle on Sunday, Taurasi and fellow UConn great Sue Bird joined ESPN’s Holly Rowe at half court to exchange jerseys. While neither has confirmed any rumors on the topic, Sunday’s matchup could have possibly been the final time the two met on the WNBA court with talk of Bird potentially retiring following the
2021 season. Bird, 40, has yet to make an official decision on her future in the W, but was met with “one more year” chants from Seattle fans during her interview with Rowe.
UCONN REUNION IN CT
Former Huskies Stefanie Dolson (2010-2014) and Azura Stevens (20172018) will return to Connecticut when the Sky play in Uncasville.
Dolson — 2021 Playoff totals across Sky’s two games: 41 minutes, 9 rebounds and 2 points.
Stevens — 2021 Playoff totals across Sky’s two games: 45 minutes, 14 rebounds and 21 points.
FOUR SUN ON WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Connecticut became the first team in WNBA history to land four players on the league's All-Defensive team.
Jonquel Jones and Briann January were named to the All-Defensive First Team, while Jasmine Thomas and Brionna Jones were given second team honors as annouced by the league Sunday morning.
SUN VS SKY SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE (*PLAYED IF NECESSARY):
Game 1: Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Mohegan Sun at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 2: Thursday, Sept. 30 at Mohegan Sun at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 3 at Wintrust Arena at 1 p.m. on ABC
*Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Wintrust Arena at TBD on ESPN
*Game 5: Friday, Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun at TBD on ESPN2