Sky-Sun Preview

The Chicago Sky have gotten off to fast starts in their two games against the Connecticut Sun this season.

The Sky will try to improve to 3-0 against the Sun and avoid their first three-game skid in Friday night's matchup in Connecticut.

Chicago (13-7) has posted wins of 86-75 on May 31 and 83-70 on July 12 over Connecticut (6-13). The Sky led by 10 after one quarter in the first matchup and by 13 after one period the next time.

The Sun have been unable to contain rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne, who is averaging 21.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting while making all 16 free throws in those games.

Delle Donne, however, could be working her way back into a rhythm after her 12-point performance Tuesday in a 64-58 home loss to Indiana. She returned after missing the Sky's last two games and the WNBA All-Star game in Connecticut due to a concussion.

Chicago matched its lowest scoring output from Saturday's 79-58 loss at Indiana. The Sky shot 32.8 percent in that contest and only improved to 36.7 percent in the rematch.

"We did play really solid defense and that usually gets it done,'' Delle Donne said. "Offensively we couldn't get into a flow."

One player who has not gotten untracked since the break is guard Epiphanny Prince, averaging 9.0 points on 25.7 percent shooting in three games. The All-Star averages 14.9 points.

"We need to find a way to make a second cut and a third cut to get into our offense instead of just staring at each other and letting the shot clock go down and trying to throw up a shot, go 1-on-1," Delle Donne said.

This matchup features the league's top rebounders in Chicago's Sylvia Fowles and Connecticut's Tina Charles. Fowles averages 11.7 rebounds and Charles 11.0.

Fowles finished with 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds while Charles had 16 and 15 in the first meeting. Charles outscored Fowles 29-14 in the second matchup, with the players combining for only 14 rebounds.

Chicago's lead atop the Eastern Conference has been cut to one-half game over Atlanta. Connecticut is in last place, but only two games out of a playoff spot.

The Sun were denied their first three-game win streak as Renee Montgomery missed a 3-pointer as time expired in Tuesday's 74-72 loss to Los Angeles. Charles finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

The only quarter in which Connecticut was outscored was a 24-17 deficit in the second.

"We've got to make sure that fight that we had the whole second half, we have to have it for four quarters, not three," Montgomery said. "Today we had three. The end of that second quarter was rough."