Sky 89, Sun 78

The Sports Xchange

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- A 25-point, second-quarter lead wasn't enough to assure the Connecticut Sun of a desperately needed win Sunday.

The Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Sky steadily chipped away at the deficit and finally caught Connecticut in the last three minutes, eventually registering an 89-78 triumph in front of 5,074 at Allstate Arena.

Playing without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne (foot) and starting center Carolyn Swords (knee), the Sky trailed 43-18 after Renee Montgomery's layup with 1:58 left in the first half. From that point, Chicago outscored Connecticut 71-35.

Chicago (17-8) took the lead for good on Epiphanny Prince's three-point play with 2:48 remaining in the game and never looked back, scoring 17 unanswered points in a 3-minute, 41-second span. The Sun allowed 38 fourth-quarter points.

Prince scored 19 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, while teammate Sylvia Fowles dominated inside with 20 points and 21 rebounds. Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot finished with 17 points and six assists, and Eshaya Murphy came off the bench to score 15 points.

Tan White paced Connecticut (7-17) with 16 points, while Montgomery contributed 13 and Tina Charles scored 11.

The Sun scored the game's first 15 points, keeping the Sky scoreless for 5 minutes, 56 seconds. Connecticut kept building the lead as Chicago made just 29 percent from the floor over the opening 20 minutes, but it wasn't enough to prevent a huge collapse.

The Sun are back at home Thursday night against the Minnesota Lynx. Chicago plays the Mystics in Washington on Tuesday.