It was another night of fun, high-scoring, team basketball. As Ben York wrote If you “Love basketball? Then you should love the Sun.” All Connecticut starters finished in double figures beating the Dallas Wings 96-88; the eighth straight home victory. Alyssa Thomas led Connecticut in scoring with her third double-double of the season. The forward finished with 21 points and took down a career high13 defensive rebounds. Jonquel Jones finished with her 16th double-double of the season and her sixth straight. The center collected 19 points and 16 rebounds against the Wings while matching a career high with five blocked shots.
The victory over Dallas, combined with Atlanta’s 84-68 loss in San Antonio clinched a playoff berth for the Connecticut Sun. The last time the Sun were in the playoffs was in 2012.
For the Wings, Glory Johnson finished with her fourth straight and 12th double-double of the season.That is the most double-doubles she has had with the Wings, and the four straight is one shy of her career high. She had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie Allisha Gray finished with a career-high of 21 points. Skylar Diggins-Smith had 17 points and was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line. She also led the team with five assists.
After the game, Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented: “I thought this game was going to come down to toughness. Certainly, that was the word in our preparation. I have great respect for Dallas. I think they’re unbelievably athletic, unbelievably talented. And I personally think they are truly one of the dangerous teams in this league. And in the playoffs, I don’t think anyone would want to face them.” Regarding making the playoffs: “The locker room certainly has bigger goals so now we’ll fight for position and a very, very important potential bye. For the four teams that get byes in the first round. Ultimately, as my GM half, I want to try and create something that has sustained success and everywhere I’ve been as a head coach, that has been a big part of that plan. This was just step one and I hope we have the opportunity to be in the playoffs every year.”
The 17-9 Sun now travels to Atlanta to face the Dream on August 15th, while the 13-16 Wings play the Atlanta Dream at home on August 19th.
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