The Connecticut Sun equals Teamwork. Once again the Sun demonstrated outstanding teamwork with all players scoring in their victory over the San Antonio Stars. Four of the Sun starters finished in double figures with Courtney Williams leading the Sun with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field.
Although the Sun were down by five at the half, the third quarter became the major turning point in the game. Connecticut came out of the locker room showing more energy while executing a stifling defense. The Sun had eight steals in the third quarter alone (13 steals overall), a franchise record for thefts in a quarter. Connecticut also shot 68.4% (13-for-19 from the floor) in the third quarter as the Sun outscored the Stars 33 – 10, turning the 40-35 halftime deficit into a 68-50 lead after three quarters. Connecticut maintained the lead for the rest of the game successfully defending their home court. Final score: Connecticut 89, San Antonio 75.
Sun Coach Miller commented after the game, “We’re proud of our team in the second half. The energy, the desire, the effort that they brought in the third quarter was really, really impressive. There was no magical X-and-O change at halftime; there was no yelling at them. It was a calm locker room. We stayed with the game plan that we talked about. We talked about disrupting and getting more hands on the ball. They only committed two turnovers in the first half and we felt it was really important that we had more disruption. That third quarter was a dominant performance, but again, not an X-and-O change. That’s total in effort, desire and veteran leadership that got us together and they played their butts off in that second half and that third quarter obviously changed the game.”
The Sun now travel to New York City meet up with the Liberty on Wednesday, July 19th, while the Stars face the Dream in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 18th.
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