They never give up. The Connecticut Sun demonstrated this last night with a 92-96 victory over the Washington Mystics. But the win did not come easily. With 4 minutes 41 seconds left in the third quarter the Sun were down 22 points. It was the largest deficit the Sun have overcome for a win in franchise history. But the Sun maintained their focus to get the needed defensive stops and attack the offensive basket.
It was yet another game in which all five Sun starters scored in double figures with Jonquel Jones having a team-high 22 points and scoring her 500th career point. Jones commented, “I think it was just a relentless attitude, a relentless will to come back. We were down by like 22 or 20, so I think it was just the team effort and everybody just believing that we could do it. We just chipped away at it, we played hard and were able to walk away with the win.” In the locker room after the game, Sun Head Coach Curt Miller stated, “I think you guys have surpassed the coaching staff [expectations] on how competitive you guys are. It’s really fun to see you guys hate to lose.”
For the Mystics, Elena Delle Donne led all scorers with 28 points. Kristi Toliver finished with 17 points and seven assists. Delle Donne stated about the loss, “We are struggling defensively. We haven’t been able to execute and we are not getting our looks offensively.”
The 10-7 Sun have now moved into first place in the Eastern Conference, and are fourth overall in the WNBA. The Mystics record is now 10-8 and fifth overall in league standings.
The Sun having won their last four games, will travel to Seattle to take on the Storm on July 12th, while the Mystics meet up with the Fever in Indianapolis on July 14th.
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