Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner every scored 15 factors and the Connecticut Solar beat the Chicago Sky 79-68 on Thursday evening to even the best-of-five sequence at a win apiece.
The Solar gained regardless of WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones scoring simply 4 factors. She did not rating till 3:11 left within the third quarter and missed seven of her 9 shot makes an attempt.
Connecticut made up for her tough recreation with stellar play from Thomas, who returned from Achilles’ tendon surgical procedure in January late within the common season. After watching the group run by way of the common season, Thomas wasn’t about to overlook a playoff run.
The Solar trailed 59-58 heading into the fourth quarter earlier than beginning the interval on a 13-3 run to take command. Thomas had six factors throughout the game-changing spurt. Bonner capped it with a 3-pointer with 3:59 left that made it 71-62.
The Sky might solely get inside six the remainder of the way in which. The sequence shifts to Chicago on Sunday for Recreation 3.
Chicago seemed poised early on to construct on the momentum of its Recreation 1 double-overtime win, racing out to an 11-0 lead. Connecticut rallied again behind Jasmine Thomas to get inside 23-21 after one.
The Solar led 45-39 on the half behind sturdy play from Jasmine Thomas, who completed the opening 20 minutes with 12 factors.
Kahleah Copper led Chicago with 13 factors and Candace Parker added 12.
Jasmine Thomas celebrated her thirty second birthday on Thursday. … The Solar outrebounded the Sky 39-26 — an enormous distinction from Recreation 1 when each groups had 42 boards. … Courtney Vandersloot, who had the second triple-double in WNBA playoff historical past in Recreation 1 was held to simply 10 factors and 6 assists in Recreation 2.
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The Mohegan Solar On line casino opened up a sportsbook Thursday and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont positioned the primary guess, wagering $50 that the Solar will beat the Chicago Sky by not less than 7 factors. He gained his guess.