On Friday night, the Chicago Sky picked up a much-needed win as they defeated the Connecticut Sun 96-83. The victory helped the Sky remain alive in the playoff chase rather than becoming closer to eliminated from the running. For Connecticut, it made their record more reachable for New York and Washington, who were also playing on Friday. Here's the latest Sky vs. Sun game recap with a look at the top players, statistics, an update on the standings and what games are next for each team.

Sky vs. Sun recap

In tonight's 96-83 win, the Chicago Sky were led by six players with double-digit scoring.

Jessica Breland had a team-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, while Stefanie Dolson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Allie Quigley shot 5-for-11 from the floor and had 13 points along with five assists. Three players also came off the bench to help out, as Adut Bulgak had 14 points and five boards, while Jordan Hooper scored 12, and Cappie Pondexter 10 points for the reserves.

Chicago started out with a 19-15 first quarter and was leading 47-37 at the half. They put in a 26-22 scoring effort in the third and only saw Connecticut outscore them in the fourth quarter, 24-23. By then, Chicago had already secured a good enough lead. The Sky shot 50 percent overall tonight and 38.9 percent from 3-point range while out-rebounding Connecticut 39-37.

The Sun shot 41 percent on their home court and just 22.2 percent from 3-point territory.

Leading the way for the Connecticut Sun in the losing effort was Alyssa Thomas with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams each added 11 points, as did Alex Bentley off the bench. WNBA All-Star Jonquel Jones was held to a low output of just six points for the night on a 0-for-6 shooting game but grabbed 11 rebounds for her team.

Standings, what's next?

The Chicago Sky's latest victory puts the team at 12-18 overall and 8-7 on the road. They're still holding onto the hopes of getting into the playoff standings. The team still has some work to do in order to catch Seattle and/or Dallas, as they'll need one of the two teams to lose some games while the Sky try to keep winning.

Their next game comes on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Time when they visit the New York Liberty.

For the Connecticut Sun (20-11), this doesn't necessarily hurt their playoff position, just yet. The team still holds the No. 3 spot overall, but is just 1.5 games ahead of New York with the Liberty winning against Washington as of this report. Next up for Connecticut, is a game away against the Washington Mystics. That matchup comes on Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.