ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Sky has been rallying from big deficits in the postseason.
In its most recent game, Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points to help the Sky overcome a 14-point deficit to outlast the Indiana Fever 86-84 in double overtime Monday, evening the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals.
Game 3 is Wednesday in Indianapolis. The deciding game of the West finals is Tuesday in Phoenix, where the Mercury hosts defending league champion Minnesota.
Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot, a former standout for Gonzaga and Kentwood High in Covington, had 18 points and five assists.
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To get to the conference finals, the Sky beat Atlanta in the deciding first-round game despite trailing by 20 points.
“We would all love to be the team that pushes out to the lead,” Vandersloot said. “But at this point, when it happens, this is playoffs. That’s an experienced basketball team over there. We just need to know we’ve been in this position before and that’s one thing that keeps us together. We’ve done it before and we’re just going to keep pushing.”
Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points for the Fever.
Jackson won’t play at worlds
MELBOURNE, Australia – Seattle Storm player Lauren Jackson has withdrawn from the world championships later this month to undertake further rehabilitation for her knee injury, Basketball Australia officials said.
In a statement, Basketball Australia said Jackson needs another eight to 12 weeks of rehabilitation on her knee. She had surgery in May.
Jackson, 33, has elected to have surgery on a persistent hip problem in Melbourne.
While expected to make a full recovery, Jackson will miss worlds in Turkey, as well as the opening rounds of the upcoming Australian Women’s National Basketball League with the Canberra Capitals in November.
Jackson said, “I’ve worked so hard on my rehab program and my knee injury has actually progressed well. Sadly, just not enough to compete at worlds.”