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Connecticut Sun (9-5) at Chicago Sky (8-9)

When: 7 p.m., Allstate Arena

TV: Comcast CN100

Last time: Last Tuesday, the Sun defeated the visiting New York Liberty 85-79; Thursday, the Sky lost to the host Indiana Fever 77-63.

Skinny: It's back to work for WNBA players after the all-star break over the weekend. The Sky can't ease back in if getting into the playoffs is the goal. Getting -- and staying -- above .500 is a must in the second half. The Sky needs more scoring out of players besides center Sylvia Fowles, who is coming off a 21-point game in Indianapolis. The Sky got double figures out of two other players (Erin Thorn, 15 points and Epiphanny Prince, 12 points) in the game, but three of the five starters contributed just 4 points combined. The Sun's last game was an impressive win over the Liberty, which sits in third place in the East, just ahead of the Sky. Center Tina Charles scored 24 points, leading five Sun players in double figures. Connecticut was hot from 3-point range, hitting 9 of 16 attempts. Guard Renee Montgomery hit all 3 of her 3-point attempts. On June 23 at Allstate, the last time the Sun and Sky faced off, the Sky won 107-101.

Next: Sky at Tulsa Shock, 7 p.m. Thursday

-- Patricia Babcock McGraw

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