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    Monday, October 03, 2022

    Sun blow out Sky to avoid WNBA playoff elimination

    Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) and teammates walk off the floor celebrating after their win over the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) battles for the ball with Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens (30), forward Emma Meesseman (33) and guard Rebekah Gardner (35) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) shoots over Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens (30) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) puts up a shot as she is fouled by Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley (14) and forward Candace Parker (3) defends in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper (2) scores over Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) splits Connecticut Sun defenders DeWanna Bonner (24) and Jonquel Jones (35) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) commits the foul on Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) as forward Azurá Stevens (30) blocks the shot in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    University of Connecticut women’s basketball player Caroline Ducharme, center, reacts as her teammates serenade her to the playing of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” over the arena loudspeakers during a timeout between the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper (2) recoils from contact with Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) steals the ball on the exchange between Connecticut Sun guards Natisha Hiedeman (2) and Courtney Williams (10) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) celebrates with forward DiJonai Carrington (21) after a buzzer beating basket at the end of the 1st half as Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) reacts to the play in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) celebrates after being fouled on a basket by the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) gestures to count the basket after scoring on the fast break against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun players, from left, DiJonai Carrington, Odyssey Sims, Joyner Holmes, and Nia Clouden come off the bench celebrating a run in the 1st quarter against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens (30) fouls Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) looks for help under pressure from Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens (30) and guard Kahleah Copper (2) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) fires up the crowd after scoring at the third quarter buzzer against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) drives between Connecticut Sun defenders Brionna Jones (42) and DeWanna Bonner (24) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams (10) fouls Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper (2) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) blocks a shot attempt by Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) battles Chicago Sky guard Julie Allemand (20) for a loose ball in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) battles Chicago Sky forward Emma Meesseman (33) for a loose ball in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) scores over Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) celebrates after scoring the final basket against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) battles for the ball with Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35, left), forward Ruthy Hebard (24), and guard Julie Allemand (20) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) puts up a shot over Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens (30) and guard Dana Evans (11) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) tangles with Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    The Connecticut Sun bench cheers a score against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Nia Clouden (11) scores against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) encourages the crowd after making a steal and scoring at the third quarter buzzer against the Chicago Sky in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper (2) fouls Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) battles the defense of Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) and center Brionna Jones (42) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) tries to maintain control under pressure from Chicago Sky forward Emma Meesseman (33) and guard Julie Allemand (20) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) shoots over Chicago Sky guard Kahleah Copper (2) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) knocks the ball away from Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) as center Brionna Jones (42) helps on defense in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) loses the ball under pressure from Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) pressures Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Connecticut Sun guard Odyssey Sims (1) scores at the third quarter buzzer over Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) in game four of WNBA second round playoff action Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    The Connecticut Sun avoided elimination in the WNBA playoffs by way of a 104-80 blowout win over the Chicago Sky Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena.