UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The Sky have been one of the biggest disappointments in the WNBA this season. After upgrading the roster with Swin Cash, Ruth Riley and Ticha Penicheiro, injuries have crushed them.
But that doesn't mean they've given up their dream of making the postseason.
"This is huge," said Cash, the former UConn All-American and 2012 Olympian. "We've been on a skid that none of us are familiar with."
The Sky (9-14), without Olympic center Sylvia Fowles, who didn't accompany the team to Connecticut because of unspecified personal reasons, were led by Epiphanny Prince, who scored 15.
Carolyn Swords, who played 22 minutes in place of Fowles, and Cash had 14 each. Swords had scored just 14 points in her last five games.
The Sky hadn't won a game since July 1 against Atlanta, two weeks before the start of the Olympic break. But they looked determined Sunday.
"It was a good win against the best team in the Eastern Conference," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said.
The Sun jumped to a 15-6 lead with 4:39 to play in the first quarter. But the Sky went on a 14-5 run into the second that gave them a 23-19 lead after a basket by Courtney Vandersloot with 9:03 to play in the first half.
The Sun's next rally gave them a nine-point lead in the third quarter. But again, the Sky fought back. This time the Sky's runs were 13-0 and 17-4 -- helped by Sun turnovers -- giving them a 61-55 lead, fueled by three 3-pointers by Cash and Le'coe Willingham.
Even without Fowles, the Sky controlled the boards 38-26. And 17 Sun turnovers led to 22 Sky points.
Allie Hightower (17) and Kara Lawson (16) led the Sun (17-6). Tina Charles had 15 points and eight rebounds but was hounded by a swarming defense freed up by the absence of Sun forward Asjha Jones (sore Achilles).
"I told them after the game that we can't sit around and wait for Asjha to come back," Sun coach Mike Thibault said.
The Sky has played the Sun hard in their two meetings. On July 13, the Sky took the Sun to overtime in Chicago before losing. They play again Tuesday at Allstate Arena.
"This was a disappointing loss for a lot of reasons," Thibault said. "We had a chance to clinch a playoff spot and didn't do it. ... We just were outplayed in a lot of areas."