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Bonner helps Sun hold off Sky, 77-74

Field Level Media
15 Aug 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

DeWanna Bonner scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun avoided a late-game collapse in a 77-74 victory against the Chicago Sky on Friday night in Bradenton, Fla.

Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones and Jasmine Thomas all scored 15 points as the Sun (4-6) held on and extend a season-best three-game winning streak.

Chicago (6-4) nearly wiped out a nine-point deficit in the last four minutes, but a turnover on a potential go-ahead possession in the final minute proved costly. Connecticut turned Alyssa Thomas' steal into a layup for Jones, resulting in a 75-72 edge.

But after Cheyenne Parker's layup for the Sky, Alyssa Thomas missed a pair of free-throw attempts with 14.4 seconds to go. Bonner forced a turnover and then made two free throws for the game's last points.

The Sun almost came undone by inconsistent free-throwing shooting, making only 14 of 24 from the foul line.

Bria Holmes had nine points as the only reserve to score for Connecticut. The rest of the team's bench players shot a combined 0-for-8.

Parker's 17 points led the Sky, which was charged with 15 turnovers. Allie Quigley pumped in 16 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 14 points and Kahleah Copper added 12 points for Chicago, which lost for the second time in three games this week.

The Sun led 55-45 going to the fourth quarter.

Baskets from Quigley and Copper allowed the Sky to go into the final three minutes trailing 70-65. Then Quigley made all three free throws when she was fouled on a 3-point launch.

Jasmine Thomas responded for the Sun before Quigley added another basket. By the time Parker drained two foul shots at the 1:14 mark, the Sky was within 73-72.

Chicago shot only 4-for-20 on 3-point attempts.

The Sun led 37-28 at halftime. Jones notched six points as Connecticut began to pull away in the second quarter.

The Sky made only one field goal across the final five minutes of the first half.

--Field Level Media

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