Sky hit late free throws to beat Sun 83-79

Jun 10, 2022, 6:17 AM | Updated: 6:19 pm
Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) tries to slow Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during ...

Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) tries to slow Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

(Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

              Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) argues a call with official Angel Kent during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
            
              Chicago Sky coach James Wade argues a call with official Robert Hussey during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
            
              Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) is fouled by Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens, right, as guard Rebekah Gardner (35) helps on defense during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
            
              Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) tries to slow Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Emma Meesseman scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half, Candace Parker added 18 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 83-79 on Friday night in a rematch of the WNBA Finals.

Parker made two free throws with 28.4 seconds left for an 80-79 lead. After a timeout, Courtney Williams missed a shot in the lane and Parker was fouled again before making two free throws for a three-point lead with 12.9 left. Rebekah Gardner, a 31-year-old rookie, stole a pass under the basket and added another free throw to seal it.

Gardner finished with 14 points for Chicago (8-4). Courtney Vandersloot had eight points and eight assists, and Allie Quigley moved into 17th place in WNBA history for made 3-pointers.

Meesseman, averaging 10.9 points, scored 20 in the first half on 9-of-10 shooting. Her three-point play capped the first-half scoring to give Chicago a 45-44 lead.

Brionna Jones scored 20 points and DeWanna Bonner added 18 for Connecticut (10-4), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Alyssa Thomas had 11 points and eight assists.

Bonner made her first 3-pointer of the game to pull Connecticut within 78-77 and she made a jumper on the next possession for a one-point lead.

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