Yet again, five Connecticut Sun players scored in double figures in their victory over the Phoenix Mercury. Final score 94-66. With this victory, the Sun can finish no lower than a sixth seed in the WNBA, and have guaranteed a home playoff game. The Sun are now 11-4 at Mohegan Sun Arena for the season.
Alyssa Thomas recorded her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. It was her 10th straight game scoring in double figures (22nd of the season) and 18th game with five or more assists. Shekinna Stricklen added to her single-season career-high in threes, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. She now has 59 made three-pointers on the season. Jonquel Jones posted her ninth game of the season with 20 or more points as she finished with 20. With six made field goals in the game, Jasmine Thomas set a new single-season career-high with 151 made field goals on the season. She also set a single-season career-high in steals (45). Additionally, Courtney Williams scored 16 points for the Sun.
The Sun grabbed a season-high 37 defensive rebounds in the win, while holding the Mercury to only 21-points in the second half.
For the Mercury, Brittney Griner finished with a team-high 18 points for Phoenix, and Monique Currie finished with 12 points, surpassing the 4,000 career point mark. Currie is now the 34th player in WNBA history to reach this milestone as she finished the game with 4,001 points.
After the game, Connecticut Sun Head Coach stated: “Excited about the bounce-back. Obviously, disappointed at times with the result of the (previous) New York game. But again, talked about how good that was for us because of how physical they were. So with the exception of a few stretches right from the beginning, and a couple of stretches throughout the 40 minutes, I thought we were the more physical team. I thought we really battled at the point of attack tonight. We got enough stops that turned into transition. Our defense turned into offense tonight and so we got out running and got the game back to where we’re comfortable and really playing uptempo. We just really wanted to attack them.”
The Sun will next face the Dallas Wings on August 23 in Connecticut, while the Mercury will face the Lynx in Minnesota on August 22.
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