12:30 PM ET, May 21, 2014
Allstate Arena, Glenview, IL
The selection of Chiney Ogwumike and subsequent trade of former MVP Tina Charles marked a historic draft night for the Connecticut Sun, signaling a complete rebuild for a franchise hoping to contend down the road.It wasn't long ago that the Chicago Sky were in a similar situation, but budding superstar Elena Delle Donne has helped increase expectations despite the absence of two key players.Delle Donne and the Sky look to continue their strong start to the season as they seek a fifth straight victory over the visiting Sun on Wednesday.After finishing last in the Eastern Conference at 10-24 in 2013, Connecticut selected Ogwumike with the No. 1 overall pick and traded Charles to New York for No. 4 overall pick Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Bone and the Liberty's first-round pick in 2015.The Sun also signed Katie Douglas, who helped lead the franchise to two WNBA Finals appearances from 2003-07, to add a veteran presence to coach Anne Donovan's squad after spending the last six years with Indiana.Ogwumike had 13 points as the Sky shot 30.0 percent in a 75-54 loss to New York in her debut, but nearly helped Connecticut spoil defending champion Minnesota's home opener Sunday. The Stanford product had 25 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks, yet the Lynx rallied from six down late in regulation and won 90-87 in overtime."They know how to finish games and we're just learning how to do that," Ogwumike said. "I think this is a great gut check that we came out and we didn't fall apart. I'm proud of our effort, but obviously this stings."After missing the playoffs for the first seven years of their existence, the Sky went 24-10 and were the top seed in the East last season while Delle Donne won rookie of the year.Chicago lost in the first round to Indiana, but the turnaround gave it hopes of being able to contend for years to come. Delle Donne scored 23 points in Sunday's 79-65 victory at New York, one night after scoring the same amount in a 74-71 win over the Fever.The Sky have started strong despite being without Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince. Fowles is recovering from hip surgery and isn't expected back soon, while Prince cited being burned out and plans to be back with Chicago in the coming weeks after taking more time off.Jessica Breland had 13 points and 11 rebounds Sunday, while Courtney Vandersloot added 12 points and eight assists."It's great to get off to a strong start and see other people step up," Delle Donne said.Delle Donne averaged 20.7 points in the first three meetings against the Sun last season before sitting out the last with a foot injury. The Sky swept the season series while winning by an average of 12.5 points.