POSTGAME NOTES & QUOTES powered by Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Comes Up Short to Connecticut, 100-94

KEY STATS

  •  The Sun outscored the Sky 40-34 in points in the paint
  • Chicago was out-rebounded 22-15 in the first half and 37-31 in the game
  • Connecticut’s bench outscored Chicago’s 27-21
  • The Sun recorded 29 assists on their 37 made field goals

KEY RUNS

  • Connecticut went on a 20-9 run to take an eight-point lead at 42-34
  • The Sun outscored the Sky 14-6 over six minutes in the third quarter to extend their lead to 18 points,75-57
  • Over a five-minute span in the fourth quarter, Chicago cut Connecticut’s 20-point lead to four after a 19-3 run

CHICAGO NOTES

  • Tonight’s loss snaps the Sky’s four-game winning streak and their two-game road winning streak against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • With 22 points and 11 assists, point guard Courtney Vandersloot recorded her third double-double of the season
  • In former UConn star Katie Lou Samuelson’s first game against Connecticut, she scored a career-high six points
  • Allie Quigley knocked down four three-point field goals to extend her league lead with 55 on the season
  • Center Stefanie Dolson established a season-high with 10 rebounds
  • Tonight’s first half saw the Sky tying the most points (57) they have given up in a half this season (Chicago allowed 57 points in the first half on the road against Washington on June 5)
  • Jamierra Faulkner tallied a season-high five assists in just 11 minutes of play
  • With seven points, Astou Ndour matched her season-high

CONNECTICUT NOTES

  • The Sun now have their second five-game winning streak of the season
  • Shekinna Stricklen tallied a season-high six assists
  • Center Jonquel Jones posted her tenth double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, tying her for most in the WNBA this season
  • Jones also set a season high for points with 27
  • The Sun set a season high for points in a game (100) and in a half (57 in the first)
  • Connecticut’s 17 first-half assists are the most it’s had in a half this season, and its 29 assists in the game are also a season high

POSTGAME QUOTES

SKY GENERAL MANAGER & HEAD COACH JAMES WADE

On how the team rallied from 21 down to make it a game in the fourth:
“They are a championship caliber team and we wanted to use all 40 minutes to measure ourselves against them. I have a lot of respect for Curt and for a lot of the players that they have. I have playing against them for years. We didn’t want to come out of here with a sour taste in our mouth, we have a sour taste because we lost, but we wanted to make it a little nervous for them. Our bench was able to set the tone, our starters came in and put it to a point where it was a back and forth game.”

On what they did to get back in the game:
“We played at our pace and dictated where we wanted to go defensively. We just didn’t do it early enough and we didn’t do it early enough because they didn’t let us. That is a championship caliber team and we just have to learn from this game hopefully take it with us to our next game.”

SKY GUARD ALLIE QUIGLEY

On the heart the team showed to make it game after trailing by 21 points:
“It was huge to show ourselves that we can come back like that and when we play with a sense of urgency what we can accomplish. It is just frustrating that we didn’t do it for 40 minutes and get the win.”

On how the team has been playing so well and what went wrong as they fell behind by 21:
“Defensively we were just running all over the place. They were moving the ball really well, and knocking down shots. They shot the ball really well, some of them were open and they got some offensive rebounds and we turned the ball over eight times in the first half and that plays right into their game and they got easy buckets. We have to play closer to a 40-minute game and that has been something we have been struggling with, but we have been able to get wins with. When you play a better team you have to play closer to 40 minutes of good basketball.”

SUN GENERAL MANAGER & HEAD COACH CURT MILLER

On the win against Chicago:
“That’s a big win tonight against [Chicago’s] really, really talented offensive team that was hot coming into the game. [They] won four in a row and we really set the tone in that first half with 57-points. We executed well at both ends, I thought we got out and ran and got the tempo where we needed it and showed a toughness. They called us out publicly after last game; from coach to player, calling us soft. And, I think you saw our team respond to that. There was not a lot of talking about it, it didn’t need to be addressed, but that was there and I think you saw a very spirited group in that first half. Obviously, a 31- point fourth quarter is not what we wanted to have happen but you know another good win for us to keep us in first place.”

SUN FORWARD JONQUEL JONES

On the Chicago Sky calling the Connecticut Sun out after last game still being on the mind:
“Most definitely. I think we’re a team that we play hard every time we step on the court. I mean obviously we were the team to beat at the time when we played them because we were at the top of the league. [Chicago] played us with a chip on their shoulder and they had a lot to say after the game. So we just wanted to come in and make sure we played hard and that we proved a point because we didn’t like the way that they spoke about us. We also felt like it wasn’t indicative of how we play and, you know, the things that we do on the court.”

SUN GUARD JASMINE THOMAS

On the Sun’s tempo of the game in relation to Chicago’s delayed travels to Connecticut:
“We’re a transition team, so we play better when we’re playing fast and up-tempo, getting a lot of possessions. I mean if that was a factor because of their travel then great, but ultimately that’s just how we play and we’re good at it.”

On Chicago bottling up Shekinna Sticklen and Jasmine Thomas’s performance because of that:
“I mean they better bottle up [Shekinna Stricklen], she’s the best shooter in the league. They needed to make an adjustment, they needed to guard her; even then she had six assists I think I heard. So she still was a factor in the game even though she wasn’t shooting as much. We play as a team, we’re good, we’re where we are for a reason, we’re going to continue to get better and we’re just focused on the next game. That was one we wanted to win, we wanted to play well and now we’re just ready for Phoenix.”

On Chicago cutting the lead down to four in the fourth quarter:
“This team has a lot of experience. We keep our composure, we close out close games, and that’s what we did. They are talented. We know they can score a lot of points but ultimately it is up to what we can control. And we control how we play, how we close out games and that’s what we did.”