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Sun rally in 4th, beat Sky 72-63 to advance to WNBA Finals

Connecticut will face top-seeded Las Vegas Aces for the WNBA title.
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Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones (35) and Natisha Hiedeman (2) pressure Chicago Sky's Courtney Vandersloot during the first half of Game 5 in a WNBA basketball playoffs semifinal Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — Jonquel Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, beating the Chicago Sky 72-63 Thursday night in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series and advancing to the WNBA Finals.

All the Sun starters scored in double figures and Connecticut advanced to the Finals for the fourth time overall and first time since 2019.

Connecticut will face top-seeded Las Vegas Aces for the WNBA title. The first game of the series is Sunday in Las Vegas.

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Chicago was attempting to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champions since the Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02.

Jones scored inside to put the Sun ahead with two minutes left, hitting an ensuing free throw for a three-point lead. Natisha Hiedeman tied the game with a transition layup with 2:24 left as Connecticut cut into it deficit in the fourth.

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A pull-up jumper by Courtney Williams with 47.5 seconds remaining gave the Sun a five-point cushion, and DeWanna Bonner knocked down four free throws to put the game out of reach.

Connecticut outscored Chicago 25-5 in the fourth quarter, recovering from a disastrous third period in which it scored eight points and turned the ball over seven times.

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Kahleah Copper led the Sky with 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting, including 3 of 5 from long distance, and added four steals.

DeWanna Bonner chipped in with 15 points, Hiedeman added 14 and Williams and Alyssa Thomas each added 12 for Connecticut.


Chicago will travel to 1-seed Las Vegas to open the WNBA finals series on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.


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