Semifinals Game 1- Connecticut Sun vs Chicago Sky Game Notes: 9-28

GAME NOTES:
  • The Connecticut Sun fell (101-95) in double overtime in Game 1 of the 2021 WNBA Semifinals to the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. The Sky start the best-of-five- game series 1-0. This game was only the second time the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky faced off in the playoffs. The Sun took home the 94-81 victory to advance to the 2020 quarterfinals.
  • The Chicago Sky earned a new Sun opponent team high with this victory.
  • Briann January played in her 60th playoff game, tying with Becky Hammon at 6th all-time in WNBA playoff history.
  • DeWanna Bonner played in her 58th career playoff game, tying her with Seimone Augustus at 8th all-time.
  • Chicago led as large as 11 in the first quarter, however Connecticut ended the quarter on a 10-2 run to cut their deficit to three. Chicago took the 24-21 lead to end the first quarter, nine of Connecticut’s points came from Jonquel Jones.
  • Connecticut outscored Chicago, 25-23, in the second quarter. The Sky hit a three at the buzzer to maintain the 47-46 lead going into the half. The Sun’s Bonner scored nine of her 13 total points in that frame.
  • The first half of play had two lead changes and was tied five times.
  • Chicago maintained the lead, 66-63, as they outscored Connecticut 19-17 in the third quarter.
  • J. Jones tied the game on a pair of free-throws with 1:29 left to go in the game, and a layup by Brionna Jones gave Connecticut the two point lead with 24.7 seconds to go. Chicago tied the game at 84 apiece with 19.3 seconds left which forced the game to go into overtime.
  • The last time the Sun played in an overtime game was on 8/27/07 against the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference Semifinals where they lost, 98-88.
  • Connecticut tied the game, with a free-throw by January with 25.1 seconds to force the game to go into a double-overtime. This is the second time in Connecticut Sun history that the team has made it to double overtime, the first happening in the same 2007 semifinals series against Indiana where the Sun won, 93-88. This is also just the fifth time in WNBA history that a game has gone into double-overtime.
  • Chicago took the five point lead, 98-93, with 21.0 seconds to go. Connecticut brought it back within three with a basket by B. Jones with 13.7 seconds to go. However, it was Chicago who would secure the victory with free-throws by Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot.
  • Three Sun players finished the contest with double-doubles. This is the fourth time in playoff history a team has had three double-doubles in one playoff game.
  • J. Jones finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, notching her 5th career playoff double-double. This ties for 4th in percent of playoff games with a double-double among players playing in at least 10 playoff games. (Per Across the Timeline)
  • J. Jones earned her 200th career playoff point in just 11 total games. This will be her third career playoff game scoring 20 or more points. Jones added four assists, one steal and two blocks.
  • Bonner earned her 13th playoff career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
  • B. Jones earned her second career playoff double-double, 100th career playoff point and a new career playoff in points as she finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Briann January earned her 600th career playoff point, in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points. She also added four rebounds and four assists.
  • Alyssa Thomas came off the bench and reached her 300th career playoff point, finishing with seven points and two rebounds.
  • Candace Parker led the Sky with 22 points and added six assists.
  • Courtney Vandersloot finished a triple-double, which marks the second-ever playoff triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists. The first was Sheryl Swoopes (2005).
  • Vandersloot earned a new Sun opponent individual high in assists as she broke the previous game (10), half (7) and quarter (4), which were all set by Kristi Toliver on 10/6/19 versus Washington.
  • This led to a new Sun opponent team high in assists at 31 which was previously set by the Cleveland Rockets (24) on 8/15/00.
  • Connecticut and Chicago both finished the game with 56 points in the paint as well as 42 rebounds. Seventeen of the Sun’s rebounds came offensively.
  • Chicago had 19 turnovers compared to Connecticut’s 12. The Sky earned 19 point off turnovers compared to the Sun’s eight.
  • The game finished with 14 lead changes and 15 times tied.
  • The Sky shot nearly 50 percent (49.4) from the field while the Sun only shot 37.8 percent. Chicago connected on eight baskets behind the arc and the Sun connected on five, receiving two from J. Jones and two from Natisha Hiedeman. Hiedeman added nine on the night.