DeWanner Bonner (15 points) helps Sun dominate Sky in Game 1 of the WNBA Semi-Finals
Game 2 is in Chicago on Wednesday night.
After Emma Meeseman’s 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining gave Chicago a 63-62 lead and sent the Wintrust Arena crowd into a frenzy, Jonquel Jones scored inside 27 seconds more. late to put the Sun back in front.
Bonner made two free throws with 1:31 left to extend the lead, and Connecticut got two offensive rebounds to kill some time, and Bonner made a layup with 3.8 seconds left to seal victory.
Chicago missed its last four shots after Meeseman’s 3-point go-ahead.
Connecticut beat Chicago, 20-12, in the third quarter as Natisha Hiedeman and Bonner made 3-pointers and Bonner hit a pull-up to move into double digits.
Parker chained a slick pass to Copper in transition for his first bucket since the first quarter to pull Chicago to within 4 points with 8:47 left.
Copper knocked down a pair of free throws to push Chicago ahead with 5:13 to go, shortly before she and Courtney Williams were technically double faulted for refusing to drop a popped called ball.
Copper went 4 of 4 and hit a 3 for 11 points in the first half as the teams entered the break tied at 34.
Connecticut built an 8-point first-quarter lead by scoring 11 points on six Chicago turnovers, but the Sky got back there as Copper and Parker combined for 18 first-half points.
Jonquel Jones hit 3 of 4 shots to lead Connecticut with 8 points and had four rebounds and two steals in a first half that had seven lead changes and five ties.
Storm 76, Ace 73 – Jewell Loyd scored 26 points, including Seattle’s last six, and the Storm edged the Aces to take a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series in front of a playoff-record crowd of 9,944 in Las Vegas.
Loyd made a free throw with 1:16 left, then a jumper for a 3-point lead with 34 seconds left before the Storm hung on for the win. She had 10 of Seattle’s 16 points in the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t just me, it was a team effort for sure,” Loyd said. “It helps when you have really good teammates… you believe in them, they believe in you. That’s the most important thing for us is that each of us has to stay confident in what we’re doing and what we’re doing. we can bring to the team. That was key for us.
Associated Press MVP Breanna Stewart had 24 points and six rebounds for fourth-seeded Storm, while Tina Charles added 13 points and a franchise-record 18 rebounds.
Sue Bird had 12 assists and no turnovers. His last assist earned him a WNBA record 342 in the playoffs. Lindsay Whalen has scored 341 in 82 games. Bird broke the record in 57.
Chelsea Gray scored 21 points for the Aces. Kelsey Plum added 20 points, but missed a tying 3-point attempt with 2.9 seconds left.
Jackie Young finished with 11 points, but Aces star A’ja Wilson had just 8 on 3-of-10 shooting.
Seattle controlled much of the game, leading the first 3½ quarters after building a 12-point lead in the first half.
Las Vegas didn’t take advantage of its first lead until the fourth quarter, when Riquna Williams 3-pointer from the corner made it 65-64 with 6:09 to go.