Sky 56

(12-15, 7-7 away)

Sun 74

(15-12, 7-7 home)

    7:00 PM ET, July 31, 2007

    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

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    CHI 14 21 11 1056
    CONN 24 17 23 1074

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Perkins 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Stl

    Connecticut: K. Douglas 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Sky-Sun Preview


    With the regular season winding down, the Connecticut Sun were expected to be in the thick of the playoff race. The Chicago Sky were not.

    The two teams look to further solidify their spots in the Eastern Conference playoff picture when they meet Tuesday night in Connecticut.

    Connecticut (14-12) capped a home-and-home sweep of the Liberty with a 67-61 win on Sunday, the Sun's eighth in nine games.

    Connecticut was an Eastern Conference-best 26-8 last season, but now is third, six games behind Detroit. However, the Sun are only two games in back of struggling Indiana, losers of six in a row.

    Chicago (12-14), meanwhile, beat Houston 88-70 on Sunday for its fourth win in five games after a five-game skid. Showing a drastic improvement from their 5-29 record as an expansion team last year, the Sky hold the fourth and final playoff spot -- one game ahead of New York and Washington.

    Chicago is two games in back of Connecticut, which it beat for the first time 87-74 on the road on June 17 in the teams' most recent meeting.

    The Sun, though, will be trying for their third straight victory and can finish July with a 9-2 record.

    Katie Douglas scored 26 points Sunday for Connecticut, which outscored New York 22-13 in the fourth quarter.

    "I was just trying to get everybody's head in the right place," said Douglas, who averages a team-leading 17.9 points, but was held to nine in the last meeting with the Sky. "I wanted to be a spark and leader."

    Asjha Jones added 12 points. The forward is averaging 26.5 points in two games against the Sky this season, and had a season-high 31 in a 102-97 overtime road win over them on May 31.

    Nykesha Sales returned to Connecticut's lineup Sunday after missing three games with a mild concussion. She had four points in 12 minutes.

    "I've got to kind of get my wind back and make sure I'm OK before I play significant minutes," said Sales, who's averaging 13.5 points.

    Stacey Dales had 18 points to lead four Chicago players in double figures Sunday. The Sky shot 49.2 percent (32-for-65) from the field and forced 20 turnovers en route to the largest winning margin in franchise history.

    "Sometimes teams have to peak at a certain time. It takes awhile to develop your chemistry in the WNBA," Dales said. "Our roles are more defined right now, and as a result we know when to shoot, when to pass and we know what our duties are on the floor."

    Dales is averaging 9.9 points per game, but 19.0 in her last three contests.

    The Sky, who are 7-6 on the road, look for their second consecutive win away from home after stunning the defending champion Shock 83-73 on Thursday behind 24 points from All-Star Candice Dupree She's scored 59 points and shot 56.7 percent (21-for-37) in two games this season against Connecticut.

    The Sun are 5-1 in their last six at Mohegan Sun Arena, where it will play its next three games.