In a suddenly changed Eastern Conference, the Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun have switched positions in the standings since last season. The Sky have won three straight to climb into second place, while Connecticut dropped two in a row to fall to sixth.
The Sky are shooting an incredible 54 percent outside the three-point line. Guard Jia Perkins is shooting treys at a 62 percent rate, and her 19 points per game plus 6 rebounds have given her some early MVP buzz. In their first meeting with Connecticut, Sky center Sylvia Fowles made a double-double while shooting 8-for-10. Behind three 15- point scorers, the Sky has hit three overs.
Connecticut seems quite far removed from their 2005 conference championship team, which put four starters in the 2006 all-star game.
Only point guard Lindsay Whalen remains from that group — now she’s carrying the team by herself, leading the Sun in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. The Sun have made three unders.
It’s hard to get a read on the Sun. Their record is 1-3, but the losses are against the top three teams in the conference. Perhaps Chicago’s win was a little dubious — Connecticut beat the spread in the first game of the home-and-home by going on 9-0 and 10-0 runs to start the 3rd and 4th quarters.=