“A gritty win.” is how Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller described the 93-92 win over the Phoenix Mercury. At the half, the Sun were up by 12 points, but the Mercury came back in the second half for a dramatic finish.
The Sun continued to play “team basketball” with six players scoring in double figures. Jonquel Jones had 19 points and 15 rebounds. It was her fourth straight double-double and her 14th of the season. Alex Bentley had a season-high 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Her layup with 18.2 seconds left in the game gave the Sun their final lead, 91-89. Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points.
For the Mercury, Diana Taurasi at times seemed unstoppable finishing with 33 points, the most points she’s ever scored in Connecticut. It was her fourteenth 30+ point game of the season.
After the game, Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented “Could have easily chalked that one up in the loss column considering what we went through, but the team stayed together. I didn’t sub Alex (Bentley) out the entire second half, and while she missed some shots I know she is capable of making, she made a big one down the stretch for us. Frankly, I thought she did a pretty good job on Diana considering all of the shots that she was making. Gritty, gritty win, big win for us, and in the grand scheme of things the goal is making the playoffs.”
Next up for the Sun, they will host the Seattle Storm on August 8th. The Mercury travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Mystics on August 6th.
See photos from the game below, or visit the gallery here for full-size images.