No Elena Delle Donne, No Problem.....

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The Sky made their biggest comeback in franchise history today.


ROSEMONT- With star rookie Elena Delle Done not the lineup as she deals with a foot injury, the Sky were without their big source of firepower against the Connecticut Sun. At first it looked like not having Delle Donne in the lineup would be the Sky's downfall.

Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, they quickly found themselves behind 15-0. They wound up trailing 19-9 at the end of the opening frame. Then in the second quarter, Sky center Sylvia Fowles had seen enough and put her team on her back.

She scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds {she finished the game with 20 points and 21 boards earning a double-double}, Courtney Vandersloot also started to get her motor going as she finished the first half with seven points. The Sky were trailing 43-27 at halftime.

The Sun thought they had this game won until the Sky locked everything down on defense in the second half. The Sky let everything loose by going on a 18-10 run to finish the third and would outscore Connecticut 24-15 in that same quarter to cut their lead to 58-51.

The fourth quarter would be the back breaker for both teams. Sky guard Epiphanny Prince took the spotlight in the final quarter. She made numerous clutch baskets down in the stretch and converted back-to-back three point plays midway through the 4th.

She would finish the game leading all scorers with a game-high 21 points. The Sun started taking desperate shots and missed on many of them which would leave them finishing  32-of-66 from the field, 5-of-11 from three point range and shot just 45-percent overall.

Courtney Vandersloot pitched in with 17 points, 6 assists and 2 steals. The Sky would finish the game on a 38-20 run to take home a 89-78 victory. They shot 44-percent from the field but they got many chances at the free throw line. They converted 23-of-25 foul shots {92-percent).

The Sky overcame a 25-point deficit {the biggest in team history} to successfully defend their home court in front of 5,074 fans here at the Allstate Arena. The Sky continue to hold their first place lead in the WNBA's Eastern Conference with a record of 17-8.

They now lead Atlanta by three games. Connecticut falls to 7-17 and are now 10 games below the .500 mark. Here is the box score from today's game:

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  • Gabe, I wish I could agree with you. But the Connecticut Sun is in a rebuilding mode, are the doormats of the Eastern Conference, and the Sky did have to come from double-digits down to make it happen. If they can't dominate without Delle Donne, then they're not quite the team they can be. Great article, nonetheless.

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