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The Associated PressAugust 17, 2013

Epiphanny Prince helped the Chicago Sky overcome the absence of leading scorer Elena Delle Donne in their latest game.

With Delle Donne's status unknown due to a left foot injury, Prince will try to lead the Sky to a season sweep of the Connecticut Sun on Sunday night by duplicating her most recent performance against them.

Delle Donne, averaging 18.2 points, suffered a mid-foot sprain in an 80-76 loss at Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Sky (16-8) appeared to be heading to another defeat two days later in Seattle, trailing by 16 with four minutes left in the third quarter, but they outscored the Storm 32-6 in the final period for a 79-66 win.

Prince had 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, including seven during a pivotal 17-0 run.

"(Delle Donne) is a big piece of this team, but it's an adjustment," said forward Swin Cash, who had 18 points. "It's not always an automatic fix when someone goes down so I thought this was a great test for us."

Prince had a team-best 23 points in a 77-61 win at Connecticut (7-16) on Aug. 9 and started the deciding 12-0 run in the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers. Sun leading scorer Tina Charles was held to a season-low five points on 2-of-18 shooting.

Charles, averaging 18.2 points, scored just nine on 4-of-13 shooting in an 88-57 loss in Atlanta on Friday. With a season-high 18 points off the bench, Iziane Castro-Marques was one of just two players in double figures in Connecticut's fourth loss in five games.

"Atlanta came out with a whole lot of fire and intensity and energy, and we did not," coach Anne Donovan said. "It was from the very beginning of the game."

Charles is second in the league with 10.5 rebounds per game behind 6-foot-6 Sky center Sylvia Fowles, averaging 11.3 boards, but a potential absence of the 6-5 Delle Donne might help the Sun.

Delle Donne has scored 62 of the Sky's 246 points (25.2 percent) in the three wins over Connecticut and has made 18 of 32 shots (56.3 percent), including seven of 10 from 3-point range.

Fowles, though, was the star in the only matchup in Chicago this season, an 86-75 win May 31. She had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds while having a hand in Charles' 8-of-24 shooting performance.

Charles still finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Sun center scored 29 in an 83-70 home loss to the Sky on July 12. Her career high of 31 points came in a win over Chicago on June 19, 2011.