Sun begins its final road trip of the regular season in Chicago on Sunday

Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas fouled Chicago goalkeeper Skye Kahleh Cooper (2) while helping DeWanna Bonner (24) defend during the second half of Sunday’s WNBA game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. (Shawn D. Elliott/The Day via The Associated Press)

The last Connecticut home was filled with emotions and frustration.

The Sun hopes to guide both of them to their final road trip of the season, which begins Sunday (1 p.m., Chapter 8) at the Wintrust Arena against the reigning WNBA champion Chicago Sky.

Chicago was the main source of that frustration last Sunday when the Sun advanced 92-86 with one minute, 51 seconds left in overtime only to watch the sky close the game in round 9-0 to pull off a 95-92 win at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Chicago (24-8) already sealed the season’s most important streak against Connecticut (22-10) – breaking the tie in the playoff rankings – by winning their first three games of the regular season.

But The Sun, who completes his road trip with back-to-back games against the Sparks in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Thursday, can certainly gain some confidence by beating the road against a team that has beaten them in eight of their last 10 encounters. , including last year’s WNBA semifinals when Connecticut was the top seed.

“We are disappointed in this changing room,” Sun coach Kurt Miller said after the loss. “We had opportunities and we made shortcomings.”

Connecticut, to its credit, bounced back later in the week to sweep a pair of games from Phoenix Mercury, a team battling for one of the WNBA’s last three playoff points. The Sun hopes to carry the momentum from these two wins to Chicago, where they are still in a position to secure a top seed in the upcoming playoffs with only four games remaining in the regular season.

After all three road games this week, Connecticut State returns home Sunday, August 14, to host the Minnesota Lynx in the regular season finale.

Chicago and Connecticut have two of the most balanced squads in the WNBA. The Sky has six players averaging double digits, led by Kahleah Copper at 15.6 points per game. Striker Candice Parker averages 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists while forward Emma Messman averages 12.4 points, goalkeeper Ally Quigley 11.4 points, goalkeeper Courtney Vanderslot 11.3 (and best team 6.6 assists) and striker Azura Stevens 10.5.

WNBA MVP Award holder Jonquil Jones outperforms Connecticut State in both scoring (14.3) and rebounding (8.6) while Brionna Jones averages 13.8 points, DeWanna Bonner 13.6, Alyssa Thomas 13.2 (with 8.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists) and Courtney Williams 11.6.

Thomas has had a pair of triple-doubles this season, most recently in an 87-63 win over Phoenix on Tuesday when she finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

• The WNBA announced on Saturday that it has completed a new process for selecting the first and second All-WNBA teams. In previous years, voters would select players based on position with two goalkeepers, two forwards and one center, making each of the two teams. The association said voting for this year’s All-WNBA teams will take place without regard to player status.

“As we evaluated our approach to receiving end-of-season awards and spoke with our general managers, head coaches and others, it became clear that the most deserving players, regardless of their position, should be recognized at the end of the season,” Bethany Donavin Operations said in a statement.

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