It was a gritty win for the Connecticut Sun over the Dallas Wings with the Sun playing their fourth game in eleven days. Final score 93-87. With this win, the Sun now have 20 wins in a season for the first time since 2012.
Alyssa Thomas finished with a season high 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. It was her fourth game of the season with 20 or more points, and she has now scored in double figures in 11 straight games (24 on the season). Jonquel Jones recorded her 18th double-double and 14th straight game of the season scoring in double figures with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Jones has scored in double figures 26 times this year. She also surpassed 300 career defensive rebounds in the win. Shekinna Stricklen was 3-of-6 from three finishing the game with 14 points and became just the fourth player in franchise history to make 60 or more shots from behind the arc in a single season (62). She has scored in double figures in three straight games (13 times this season) and has now made three or more threes 11 times. Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points with four assists. She has now scored in double figures in four straight games and 23 times overall this season.
All five starters for the Wings scored in double figures. Skylar Diggins-Smith led Dallas with 19 points and six assists. Rookie of the Year contender Allisha Gray had 18 points and two assists. Kayla Thornton scored eight points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Her seven defensive rebounds were a career high as well.
After the game, Connecticut Head Coach Miller stated: “That was gritty. I didn’t know what to expect tonight with Dallas really motivated after the suspension of Glory (Johnson). They have played only one time in the last 11 days and we are playing our fourth game in nine days. Those are the game in the WNBA that you typically do not find a way to the finish line. I felt at the time we looked tired and we didn’t move them, we settled. We couldn’t do some of the things we wanted to do, but you have to give Dallas credit. That is gritty to win your fourth game in nine days against a team that played once in 11 days. That is a huge win to get to 20 wins. If my math is correct it secures us no worse than fifth, and we are still in the dogfight to try to get into that top four. Exciting win, but we have another quick turn-around to get ready for Chicago.”
It’s another quick turnaround for the Sun with their next game on August 25 when they host the Chicago Sky. The Wings now travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Mystics August 26.
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