Sky hit late free throws to beat Sun 83-79

  • Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) tries to slow Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) tries to slow Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP) Associated Press

  • Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) is fouled by Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens, right, as guard Rebekah Gardner (35) helps on defense during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

    Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) is fouled by Chicago Sky forward Azurá Stevens, right, as guard Rebekah Gardner (35) helps on defense during a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP) Associated Press

  • Chicago Sky coach James Wade argues a call with official Robert Hussey during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

    Chicago Sky coach James Wade argues a call with official Robert Hussey during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP) Associated Press

  • Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) argues a call with official Angel Kent during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

    Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) argues a call with official Angel Kent during the team's WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/10/2022 8:17 PM

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Emma Meesseman scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half, Candace Parker added 18 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 83-79 on Friday night in a rematch of the WNBA Finals.

Parker made two free throws with 28.4 seconds left for an 80-79 lead. After a timeout, Courtney Williams missed a shot in the lane and Parker was fouled again before making two free throws for a three-point lead with 12.9 left. Rebekah Gardner, a 31-year-old rookie, stole a pass under the basket and added another free throw to seal it.

 

Gardner finished with 14 points for Chicago (8-4). Courtney Vandersloot had eight points and eight assists, and Allie Quigley moved into 17th place in WNBA history for made 3-pointers.

Meesseman, averaging 10.9 points, scored 20 in the first half on 9-of-10 shooting. Her three-point play capped the first-half scoring to give Chicago a 45-44 lead.

Brionna Jones scored 20 points and DeWanna Bonner added 18 for Connecticut (10-4), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Alyssa Thomas had 11 points and eight assists.

Bonner made her first 3-pointer of the game to pull Connecticut within 78-77 and she made a jumper on the next possession for a one-point lead.

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