Sky 75

(11-19, 4-12 away)

Sun 80

(20-10, 12-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, September 5, 2008

    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

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    CHI 18 17 23 1775
    CONN 20 19 19 2280

    Top Performers

    Chicago: J. Perkins 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Connecticut: B. Turner 16 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Sky-Sun Preview


    A win over the Chicago Sky prior to the WNBA's Olympic hiatus jump-started the Connecticut Sun's current winning streak.

    Now, the surging Sun will try to extend their season-high run to seven games on Friday when they host the Sky, who are coming off of a tough loss.

    Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut (19-10) posted a 74-67 home victory over Chicago (11-18) on July 20, then picked up two more wins before the league began its month-long break for the Beijing Olympics.

    The break didn't halt the Sun's momentum. They've won all three of their contests since then, clinching their sixth straight postseason berth in the process.

    The most recent victory came Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena -- 80-76 over Seattle.

    Making her first career start, Jamie Carey hit a jumper with two minutes left and a pair of free throws in the closing seconds. Carey, who totaled 12 points, played a season-high 32 minutes in place of starting point guard Lindsay Whalen (sprained ankle), whose status for Friday is unclear.

    Asjha Jones led the way with 20 points while Amber Holt added 15 for the Sun, who matched their six-game winning streak from July 7-22, 2007. They haven't has a longer run since July 16-Aug. 9. 2006, when they reeled off 12 consecutive victories.

    The Sun have taken two of three meetings with the Sky this season, but all three have been decided by eight points or fewer. Connecticut will have to figure out a way to contain rookie star Sylvia Fowles, who averaged a double-double (13.3 points and 11.2 rebounds) to lead Chicago to three straight wins out of the Olympic break.

    However, Fowles was held to 12 points and four rebounds in a 70-62 home loss to Seattle on Thursday. The Sky were trying for a franchise-record fourth consecutive victory, but got outscored 22-10 in the fourth quarter.

    "This is very frustrating," Chicago forward Candice Dupree said. "We had control of the game until the fourth quarter. That's what hurts the most."

    Guard Jia Perkins scored 22 points for the Sky, who are seeking the first postseason berth in their franchise's three-year existence. Fifth-place Chicago is three games behind Indiana for the East's fourth and final playoff spot with five games remaining.

    Perkins, who leads the Sky with a career-best 17.1 points per game, is averaging 21.0 points and shooting 57.9 percent (33-for-57) from the field over her last four games.

    Meanwhile, Jones is averaging 19.5 points during Connecticut's six-game winning streak.