A 22-2 fourth-quarter rally helped the No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun defeat the No. 2 seeded and title holder Chicago Sky with a 72-63 triumph in a winner-take-all Game 5 at Wintrust Arena. Since the Los Angeles Sparks did it in 2001-02, no WNBA club has been able to win consecutive championships.
The best-of-five WNBA Finals will feature Connecticut Sun versus the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces, with Game 1 scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC, ET. After four seasons, there will be a current winner for the third time as both clubs are going for their first WNBA championship. According to Caesars Sportsbook, the Aces started as -250 favorites in the Finals.
In the second and third quarters of Thursday night’s game, the Sky outscored the Sun by 18 points, held Connecticut to just eight points in the third, and led by as much as 11 points with 7:20 still to play.
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However, the Sun surged back and made their intentions clear on both ends, shocking the Sky and the Wintrust crowd by ending the game on an 18-0 run. Chicago, which is frequently praised for its fluid offense and capacity for balanced scoring, was held without a goal for the final 4:46 of the contest.
DeWanna Bonner’s and-1 with 3:46 remaining, which cut the Sky’s lead to seven and led to a heated discussion with Chicago’s Kahleah Copper — who had already been assessed a foul call earlier in the first quarter but avoided receiving a second this time — shifted the momentum in the Sun’s favor for good.
Following Bonner’s successful free throw, the Sun went on a tear. At the 2:00 mark, Jonquel Jones’ and-1 gave them their first lead since the second quarter.
Despite making 23 mistakes, the most by a club in a WNBA playoff victory, Connecticut Sun still managed to win. Eight came in the third quarter, the same period in which the Sun scored points.