The Chicago Sky finished a two game losing streak with a 107-101 victory against the Connecticut Sun that required two overtime periods, thanks in large part to Renee Montgomery's clutch 3 point shot from the top of the 3 point arc to tie the score at 84 with 0.9 seconds to play in regulation. The shoe was on the other foot with 3 seconds to play in the 1st overtime period when Sylvia Fowles hit a crucial 12 foot turnaround jumper to tie the score at 92-92 and allow the Sky to dodge the bullet.
Montgomery played impressively all night as she hit 10 of 17 from the field, 6 of 8 three point attempts, and 7 of 10 free throw attempts. She also had 6 assists. While Tina Charles had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Kara Lawson contributed 15 points, the Sun experienced a dip in their shooting performance as they earned a team field goal percentage of 39.8%. This problem was partially offset by the fact that they shot a relatively solid 39% from three-point land, hitting 11 of 28 and 7 more 3 point field goals than the Sky had (4 of 12).
The Sky returned to playoff contender form for the first time since they beat New York on June 17. In both of their losses, June 19th against the Sun and June 21st against Atlanta, the Sky shot below 40% from the field. The Sky boosted their victory over the Sun on June 23 with a 55% team FG%. While the defense looked good but not great the individual top scorers were Epiphany Prince at 25 points, Sylvia Fowles at 24 points, rookie Courtney Vandersloot at 14 points, and Michelle Snow at 12 points. A sorely needed boost from the bench was provided by Tamara Young who hit 8 of 11 from the field and contributed 20 points. Vandersloot's 10 assists and near 50% shooting (5 of 12) on this night should earn her consideration as a leading rookie and leading guard in the WNBA. Catherine Kraayeveld remains the 3 point shooting backbone for the Sky and scored half (2) of the team total (4).
While the Sun remain in first place in the WNBA Eastern Conference and the Sky are tied for second with Indiana, both the Sun and the Sky have not played much against the top teams in the East (except against each other) and neither team has played at all against the top teams in the Western Conference. When that happens it should get really interesting.