It was another thrilling win for the Connecticut Sun. Jonquel Jones stated “Coming out for the fourth (quarter) we said this is one that mattered. We could lose all the rest but this was the one that mattered.” And that is exactly what the Sun focused on. In the final quarter, they outscored the Seattle Storm 33-9, leading to victory. Final score Sun 84, Storm 71.
Courtney Williams led all scorers with a career-high 27 points – 15 of which came in the fourth quarter alone. This was Williams’ fourth straight game scoring in double figures, and third game with 20 or more points this season.
After the game, Sun Coach Curt Miller stated: “Truly exciting fourth quarter for us tonight. I’m more proud, not of the W, but we stuck together. We didn’t play great basketball, missed a lot of shots we’re capable of making. Seattle really took it to us the first 30 minutes but our game plan was simple, that we just wanted to keep attacking, keep the game up-tempo, and we thought, in this league, it is really difficult to play three road games in five days and maybe we can get to their legs if we just kept attacking. It didn’t look like we were going to get to them for 30 minutes, but all of a sudden it turned and you could see, hopefully it was some of what we did, but you could see what happens in three road games in five days, they lost their legs a little bit, they missed some of the shots that they’re capable of making and it gave us momentum. The other aspect is, during our run, we did it with four second-year players on the floor together and (Shekinna) Stricklen, who had an unbelievable night defensively for us. So, really exciting for the future that we made that run with 4 second-year players on the floor, gave us the momentum that we needed and we came back with a more refreshed AT (Alyssa Thomas) and got Alex (Bentley) in there late and did some nice stuff defensively late. So, huge win, great fourth quarter, fans stayed with us, and we really stuck together even though we didn’t play great basketball for the majority of the game.”
The Connecticut Sun remain third in the overall WNBA standings with a current record of 16-9. The Sun face the Dallas Wings on August 12th at home, while the Storm travel to Phoenix to take on the Mercury on August 12th.
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