Sun Buried By 26-0 Sky Run
Staff and Wire Reports
August 2, 2009
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CHICAGO - — Candice Dupree scored 20 of her 23 points in the first half to lead the Chicago Sky past the Connecticut Sun 84-72 Saturday night.
Trailing by six early in the second quarter, Chicago used a franchise-record 26-0 run to take a 46-26 lead on Shyra Ely's driving layup with 59 seconds left in the first half.
"I've never seen a run like that against us in the seven years I've been coaching this team," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "We called timeouts. We tried different things. It didn't matter."
The Sky stretched the lead to 72-48 after three quarters on the way to their second straight win.
The Sky scored 28 points off 16 Sun turnovers.
"We turned the ball over, and they scored baskets off that," said Sun forward Asjha Jones, who had 10 points.
Tan White led the Sun with 16 points, and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota had 12 points and six assists.
Jia Perkins scored 16, Dominique Canty and Erin Thorn had 11 each and Ely 10 for the Sky. Canty also had two steals to reach 300 in her career.
Dupree and Eli each scored 10 in the big run, in which the Sky shot 11-for-13. In the first two meetings this season, Dupree totaled five points as the teams split a home-and-home in June.
"That was a long time ago," Jones said. "They're a totally different team. In this league you can't go off what happened before."
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EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: The Connecticut Sun season record is now 9 and 9. At one point the Sun were down by 28 points. You can't win games playing like that.
This team is not the team of last year or the last few years. The expansion teams like the Sky are having a really good year.
The Sun should watch it, if they don't turn things around, they could be the fourth place team in the east and could end up playing the Fever, who at the moment are in first place.
The couch must be going nuts. What changes do you think the Sun need to do? What do you think?