Sun Topple Sky

Uncasville — The Connecticut Sun avenged Friday night’s loss in Chicago, defeating the Sky 82-75 at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday. 

Courtney Williams led five players in double figures with 22 points as the Sun (18-13) clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2011 and 2012. 

In the process, the Sky (11-20) were eliminated from the playoffs. 

Jonquel Jones (17 points, 15 rebounds) had nine offensive rebounds — one short of the team record she shares with Taj McWilliams-Franklin. Chiney Ogwumike (15 points, 14 rebounds) had six offensive rebounds on the way to her seventh double-double of the season.  

With Jones and Ogwumike leading the way, Connecticut rolled up 21 offensive rebounds, a season high and tied for the third-highest total in franchise history. Overall, Connecticut had a season-high 51 rebounds, which was also tied for third most in team history. 

Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and eight rebounds while Jasmine Thomas had 11 points, eight assists and four steals. She recorded her 900th career assist midway through the first quarter, and she had nine points, six assists and all four steals in the second half. 

Connecticut trailed 38-35 at halftime, and were down 42-40 three minutes into the second half. That’s when a three by Courtney Williams sparked a 22-4 run over the final 6:41 of the quarter. 

Jones had nine points and four rebounds in that stretch while Williams had seven points to help Connecticut build a 62-46 lead after three quarters. 

The Sky rallied back to within 64-60 with 6:58 left in the third quarter, however, forcing a Sun timeout. 

Following the timeout, Jasmine Thomas stifled the Sky rally with a three-point play, and then scored on a reverse layup to make it 69-60. Later in the quarter, the Sun pushed the lead to 77-64 on a layup from Ogwumike. 

Chicago could not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The Sun will be home again Tuesday, hosting the Dallas Wings at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.