Team basketball. Sharing the ball. Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller calls it “Sun basketball”. That’s what the Sun turned on, especially in the second half, to defeat the Chicago Sky 93-72 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The Sun set new season highs with 27 assists and 13 steals. They also had 28 rebounds in the first half, the most in any half of the season. Alyssa Thomas led the Sun scorers with 20 points, while Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas both had 17 points.
For the Sky, WNBA All Star 3-point contest winner, Allie Quigley had 20 points scoring in double figures for her eighth straight game.
After the game, Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller stated: “It’s an important win for us. Trying to keep momentum that we built before the All-Star Break. I don’t think at times we played Sun basketball. I think it was a pretty ugly game in stretches, both ways. Proud of the intensity, the fight that we had. We competed in the second half and showed more of Sun basketball. I thought we got, throughout the game, a lot of contributions from a variety of people. I loved when Jas Thomas played angry in the second half, it really helped us. AT’s (Alyssa Thomas) plus/minus was huge [25!]. We were great on the boards.”
Chicago Sky’s Jessica Breland commented regarding the Sun: “They are real young, they are active, and they move a lot. You can tell they have chemistry, they know each other, they can just throw passes and know they are going to be there. Overall, they run and they get up and down with Alyssa at the four and JJ she is really athletic and that makes Connecticut difficult.”
The Sun play the Washington Mystics next in D.C. on July 28th, while the Sky defend their home court against the Phoenix Mercury also on July 28th.
See photos from the game below, or visit the gallery here for full-size images.