CHICAGO (AP) – Candace Parker scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and tipped a pass to Emma Meesseman for a 3-pointer in the final seconds to help the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 94-91 on Sunday to set the franchise record for wins in a season.
Courtney Vandersloot had 20 points, five assists and four steals for Chicago (25-8). Meesseman and Allie Quigley each had 15 points and Kahleah Copper scored 11.
Alyssa Thomas made a layup with 4:37 left in the third quarter to give the Sun, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, their first lead at 58-56 and Odyssey Sims capped a 10-0 run with a layup that gave Connecticut a 75-69 lead early in the quarter. Vandersloot hit two 3-pointers as the Sky scored 15 of the next 19 points before DeWanna Bonner converted a four-point play and then found Thomas for a layup to make it 89 with 43.6 seconds left, but Parker, in the post, he fed a touchdown pass to Meesseman for a wide-open 3-pointer to make it 92-89 with 28.0 seconds left and the Sky led the rest of the way.
Bonner, who scored eight points and dished out three assists in the final 2:41, missed a potential deep by making a 3 at the buzzer. He finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and six assists.
Jonquel Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut (22-11) and Thomas added 16 points and eight boards. Sims scored 13 points, Courtney Williams had 12 and Brionna Jones added 10.
Connecticut was missing head coach Curt Miller, who was spending time with his family after his mother Bev died earlier this week.
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