Following one of her best performances of the season, Sylvia Fowles is poised to follow that up against a team she dominated last time out.
Reigning league MVP Tina Charles, however, might have something to say about that.
Fowles and the Sky look for their sixth win in seven games as they visit Charles and the East Conference-worst Connecticut Sun on Friday night.
After missing a 69-60 loss to Seattle on July 2 with a right ankle sprain and being limited to 10 points in 21 minutes in Sunday's 93-64 win at New York, Fowles appeared fully healthy with a season-high 26 points and 18 rebounds - including a season-best 10 on the offensive end - in an 89-85 victory over Washington on Wednesday.
"She was in beast mode,' said Chicago coach Pokey Chatman, whose club has averaged 86.8 points while winning five straight with Fowles in the lineup.
Fowles had one of the best games of her career May 31 against the Sun, totaling 24 points and a season-high 22 rebounds in an 86-75 home win. She is one of 10 WNBA players to post a 20-20, which has been done only 13 times in league history.
Rookie Elena Delle Donne, averaging a team-best 18.8 points, had 20 and Epiphanny Prince added 17 for the Sky in that victory as Chicago outrebounded Connecticut 46-32. The two combined to add 33 points in Wednesday's victory over the Mystics as Chicago (9-4), which has never made the playoffs in franchise history, opened up a three-game lead for second place in the East.
Fowles, who leads the WNBA in rebounding at 12.2 per game, and the Sky may be able to continue their strong interior play versus the short-handed Sun (3-8), who have been outscored in the paint by an average of 10.7 points in their last six contests.
Charles had 16 points despite shooting 8 of 24 and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds in the loss to Chicago. The only player in the top five in the league in both points (18.6) and rebounds (10.4), Charles also has a WNBA-best three career 20-20 games.
The Sun, however, have struggled after reaching the East finals last season, dropping five of six as they continue to play without Kara Lawson (knee), Tan White (broken ring finger) and Renee Montgomery (left ankle sprain).
Allison Hightower and forward Kelsey Griffin each had 17 points in a 78-66 loss at Indiana on Saturday. Charles finished with 14 and six rebounds before getting ejected with two technical fouls early in the fourth quarter.
Hightower, who had a season-high 20 points in this year's loss to the Sky, has made 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in the last two games. The Sun, who have made 12 of 24 from 3-point range their last two games, rank near the top of the WNBA with a 35.5 3-point percentage.
That could be an area of concern for Chicago, which has the second-worst 3-point defensive shooting percentage (36.3).
Without Fowles in two trips to Connecticut last year, Swin Cash totaled 35 points and 21 rebounds to help the Sky earn a split. Charles had 39 and 14, respectively, for the Sun.
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