It was a battle. Sun Coach Curt Miller had said the game focus would be on Toughness and Tempo. Which ever team had better T&T would be the winner. This night it was the New York Liberty who prevailed. The Liberty broke the Sun’s 8-game home winning streak with a final score of 70-82.
Tina Charles led all scorers with 24 points, while Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe finished with a career-high twelve points. Sugar Rogers scored 13 points and Bria Hartley had 11.
For the Sun, Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points including her 2,000th WNBA career point. She has scored in double-figures 21 times this season. Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, and Shekinna Stricklen all scored in double-figures.
After the game, Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented: “Disappointed, but that game is so good for us. I can’t begin to tell you how good that game is going to be for us in the long run. Tonight’s game took on a playoff feel and the physicality that we knew was going to be in this games and the intensity from each and every possession in tonight’s game was the best simulation we could possibly have for a playoff game. For our young team to understand the grind that the playoffs are going to be and not the 100 points games that you sometimes get during the regular season. Tonight’s game is going to go a long, long way for us.”
It’s a quick turn around for both teams as we head into the final couple of weeks of the season. The Sun will be defending their home court against the Phoenix Mercury on August 20th, and the Liberty play the Minnesota Lynx in New York also on August 20th.
See photos from the game below, or visit the gallery here for full-size images.