It's contagious: Sun win their sixth straight game in comeback fashion

Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun, left, shoots over a pair of Chicago Sky defenders, Jessica Breland, center, and Sylvia Fowles, during the Sun's 79-69 victory Wednesday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Ogwumike finished with 12 points and eight rebounds as the Sun won their sixth straight game.
Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun, left, shoots over a pair of Chicago Sky defenders, Jessica Breland, center, and Sylvia Fowles, during the Sun's 79-69 victory Wednesday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Ogwumike finished with 12 points and eight rebounds as the Sun won their sixth straight game. Tali Greener/Special to the Day Buy Photo

Mohegan — The Connecticut Sun spent the first six minutes of Wednesday's game reeling as the Chicago Sky had their way with them and, jeez, did it look like Chicago was going to beat the Sun for the third time this season.

Not only did the Sun came back. They took over.

Alyssa Thomas scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the decisive third quarter and added a game-high 11 rebounds as Connecticut stormed back for its sixth straight win, 79-69, before 5,881 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Connecticut (8-6) last won six regular season games in 2008.

Chicago led 13-2 just 3 minutes, 49 seconds into the game.

The Sky increased their lead to 20-8 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.

The Sun outscored Chicago in the third quarter 27-10.

"We came in and talked about at halftime that the first quarter probably wasn't our best showing," Sun player Katie Douglas said. "We weren't really making them uncomfortable while they were making us uncomfortable."

Sylvia Fowles, the Sky's 6-foot-6 interior force, made all six of her first-half shots and had 15 points. Chicago shot 56.3 percent that half.

"(Head coach Anne Donovan) said after the game and at halftime, when we're running, we're dangerous in the open court," Douglas said, "but first and foremost, we've got to play solid defense and we've got to rebound. That's something we weren't doing consistently in the first half."

Connecticut opened the second half with a 22-2 run.

Chicago's field goal percentage dropped to .286 in the second half.

The Sun finished with a 55-33 rebounding advantage.

Thomas led the way for Connecticut. She had five offensive rebounds and made 7 of her 11 shots. Both her scoring and total rebounds were career highs.

Rookie Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Sun. Alex Bentley added 12 points and a career-high nine assists.

Douglas scored a season-high 19 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers when Chicago was trying to rally in the fourth quarter.

Reserve Kelsey Griffin had a career-high six offensive rebounds and eight overall.

"Anne got on us at halftime and told us we were playing horrible out there," Bentley said. "We just turned it up in the third quarter."

Fowles finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in her season debut for Chicago (6-8). She missed the first 13 games after having arthroscopic surgery to repair a hip injury.

Elena Delle Donne added 13 points for Sky. She missed the previous five games because of Lyme disease.

Delle Donne scored the final five points of the first half to give Chicago a 45-39 halftime lead.

The Sun opened the second half with a 22-2 run. Thomas scored 10 points during that stretch to make it 63-47 with 3:19 remaining in the third.

Thomas made two free throws to increase the Sun's edge to 63-47 with 3:19 remaining in the third.

"They broke up the momentum," Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. "I mean it was 27-10 and at one point 17-2 (in the third quarter). Even the ones they (Sun) missed they got the offensive rebounds, so I credit them for being the aggressor and making things happen."

Connecticut takes to the road this weekend as it plays at the Washington Mystics (Friday) and the New York Liberty (Sunday).

"We don't want to get too high or too low, but we're definitely not satisfied," Douglas said. "I'm not going to let these girls get complacent with where we're at."

n.griffen@theday.com

Connecticut's Katie Douglas drives past Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky during a WNBA game Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Douglas scored a season-high 19 points in the Sun's sixth straight victory.
Connecticut's Katie Douglas drives past Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky during a WNBA game Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Douglas scored a season-high 19 points in the Sun's sixth straight victory. Tali Greener/The Day Buy Photo
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