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The Associated Press

The Connecticut Sun are enjoying their longest winning streak in nearly two years.

But with Elena Delle Donne expected to return, the Chicago Sky should be a worthy opponent for the WNBA's hottest club.

Connecticut seeks a sixth straight victory Wednesday night when it hosts Chicago.

The Sun (7-6) have won five in a row for the first time since July 6-13, 2012, and are seeking their first seven-game run since July 20-Sept. 5, 2008.

Coach Anne Donovan's club was last in the Eastern Conference at the beginning of the month, but has since climbed to second place. The Sun were a league-worst 10-24 last season.

"I like the progress we've made. We're gaining confidence," Donovan said. "They stayed confident when we were in the hole and continued to work through it. Every day in practice they worked they prepared and refused to look at the one and whatever our record was (1-5). I like the team I'm seeing out there quite a bit."

While the Sun are 6-2 at home, they've dropped three of their last four meetings there with Chicago. Connecticut also lost twice in Chicago earlier this season, 78-68 on May 21 and 101-82 on May 30.

Delle Donne is expected to return after a five-game absence due to symptoms from her Lyme disease. Chicago (6-7) is 1-4 without her and has dropped six of seven overall.

The league's reigning Rookie of the Year is averaging 22.3 points in eight games but hasn't played since scoring seven in a 97-59 loss at Atlanta on June 7.

However, the Sky may be missing Delle Donne more on defense. They're allowing 89.4 points per game without her after giving up 79.1 in eight games with her. The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft averages 1.8 blocks and tallied six in Chicago's two wins over Connecticut while averaging 24.5 points.

The Sky are also missing 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles, who has yet to play due to a hip injury but could return this week.

Connecticut is coming off an 89-67 home win over Indiana on Tuesday, with Chiney Ogwumike scoring all 18 of her points in the second half. She leads all rookies with 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, though she was 11 for 27 with 29 points in the losses to Chicago.

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