Sun Drop Regular Season Finale to Sky in Overtime, 102-91

Sun bench accounts for season-high 53 points.

Uncasville, CT (September 10, 2023)- Today, the Connecticut Sun (27-13) fell to the Chicago Sky (18-22) in the final regular season contest of 2023, 102-91, in overtime. The Sun still take the regular season series versus the Sky, 3-1.

The Sun was led by Olivia Nelson-Ododa who tallied a double-double with a career-high 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on the day.

1Q- Chicago began the contest on a 9-0 run, forcing Connecticut into a timeout with 7:04 to play in the first quarter. The Sun finished the quarter outscoring the Sky, 19-14, to cut the lead to four, 23-19, heading into the second. Alyssa Thomas led Connecticut with five points, four rebounds and two assists after the first ten minutes of action. Connecticut shot just 38.9% (7-18) from the field through the first quarter compared to Chicago’s 53.3% (8-15).

2Q- The Sun opened the second outscoring the Sky, 11-9, to cut into the lead by two, 32-30, with 4:42 to play in the first half. Olivia Nelson-Ododa had four of Connecticut’s 11 to begin the quarter. The Sun went on a 11-9 run to take a two-point lead, 41-39, with 1:24 to go in the first half, forcing the Sky into a timeout. Natisha Hiedeman had six of the Sun’s 11 on that run on two three-point field goals. Both teams tallied two points to close the quarter, with Connecticut taking a 43-41 lead into the locker room.

Hiedeman lead the Sun with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal. Nelson-Ododa added eight points and two rebounds, while Thomas tallied five points, five rebounds and four assists. The Sun shot 40.5% (15-37), while the Sky went 55.6% (15-27) from the floor after two quarters of action.

3Q- Connecticut began the second half on an 8-5 spurt to extend their lead to five, 51-46, with 6:04 remaining in the third. Tiffany Hayes tallied four of the Sun’s eight points in that opening stretch out of the locker room. The Sun extended their lead to ten, 58-48, with 4:34 to play in the quarter, but the Sky stormed back on an 8-0 run credited to former Sun guard Courtney Williams to cut the Sun’s lead to two, 58-56, with 3:12 to go in the quarter, forcing Connecticut into a timeout. Chicago finished the quarter outscoring Connecticut, 11-6 out of that timeout, to take a three-point lead into the fourth, 67-64.

4Q- The Sky opened the fourth on a 9-2 run to take a ten-point lead, 76-66, with 7:33 remaining in the quarter. Connecticut went on a 10-4 run of their own to cut Chicago’s lead to four, 80-76, with 5:10 to play in the fourth. The Sun trailed by as many as nine, 89-80, with 1:28 to play in the quarter, but in the final minute of action, they turned up the heat offensively. Connecticut trailed by seven after an Olivia Nelson-Ododa layup with 1:01 to go, then Ty Harris grabbed back-to-back steals and recorded a layup with 46.1 seconds left and a three-point field goal with 32.9 seconds left to cut Chicago’s lead to two, 89-87. The Sun were able to get a stop on the defensive end and called a timeout with 15.1 second to go in the quarter. A layup by DiJonai Carrington fell just short, but Sun rookie Leigha Brown grabbed the offensive rebound and put back to tie the game 89-89 with 4.1 second left. The Sky went to Marina Mabrey for a three-point field goal attempt for the win, but Olivia Nelson-Ododa got the block to send the game into overtime.

OT- Chicago opened the overtime period outscoring Connecticut, 10-0, to take a 99-89 lead with 1:21 remaining in the game. The Sky went on to win the extra five minutes, 13-2, and the game, 102-91. The Sun’s only overtime points came from the free throw line by Brown, as the team went 0-9 from the floor in the final five minutes.

Chicago was led by former Sun standout, Courtney Williams, who tallied her second-career triple-double with an impressive 23 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists.

Sun Notes:

  • Ty Harris finished with 17 points, two rebounds, one assists and three steals.
  • DiJonai Carrington tallied 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
  • Natisha Hiedeman was the only starter who finished in double-figures with 13 points, one rebound, three assists and two steals.
  • Leigha Brown tallied four points, a career-high six rebounds and a career-high four assists in a career-high 26 minutes of action.
  • With four assists in the game, Alyssa Thomas finishes the 2023 regular season with 316 assists, a new WNBA single-season record.
    • New York’s Courtney Vandersloot entered her game against Washington today two assists behind Thomas this season but finished with four assists in the game and 314 in the 2023 season.
Team Score Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS REB AST
CON 91 19 24 21 25 2 Nelson-Ododa- 20 Nelson-Ododa- 11 Thomas/ Carrington/Brown- 4
CHI 102 23 18 26 22 13 C. Williams- 23 C. Williams-16 C. Williams- 13


NEXT GAME: The Connecticut Sun opens up the first round of the playoffs against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, September 13 at 8:00 PM ET at Mohegan Sun Arena.