7:30 PM ET, August 8, 2006
CHICAGO (AP) -- Katie Douglas scored 19 points before leaving in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury as the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 85-59 Tuesday night to extend their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games.Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Sun (25-6). Lindsay Whalen added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Connecticut are a win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs."It's the biggest thing on our goal sheet right now, just to secure home court," said Douglas, who is day-to-day with a strained calf. "From there, we obviously know what we want to do."Candice Dupree had eight points and 10 rebounds as the Sky (4-27) lost their fifth straight game and 12th in the last 13. Stacey Lovelace added nine points and seven rebounds as Chicago dropped to 0-3 against the two-time defending Eastern Conference champs."We just couldn't make any shots," said Sky head coach Dave Cowens. "We never put any pressure on them because we couldn't make shots. They just played loose."After Chicago cut the lead to 23-22 on two free throws by Chelsea Newton with 6:45 left in the second quarter, the Sun responded from the outside, hitting four 3's during an 18-0 run to take a 41-22 lead with 3:41 left in the period. The Sun extended their lead to 66-40 when they finished the third quarter on a 9-0 run.Connecticut got out to a 10-2 lead early in the first quarter but the Sky closed the period on a 7-3 run to reduce the Sun's lead to 20-16. Douglas scored 11 points in the period."I thought (Douglas) was going to make every shot," Sun head coach Mike Thibault said. "I'm sure they thought she was going to make every shot too. She's been doing that all season."The Sun hit 10 of their 19 three-point attempts and made 43.1 percent of their shots overall.
|FG Made-Attempted||28-65 (.000)||22-66 (.000)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-19 (.526)||4-21 (.190)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-24 (.000)||11-16 (.000)|
|Fast Break Points||8||4|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|