All 12 of the Connecticut Sun players scored in the Sun’s first game of the 2018 WNBA season with a 101-65 victory over the Las Vegas Aces. The 36-point margin of victory was the largest for any season opener in WNBA history. The Sun had 27 assists on 37 made field goals and were 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from three-point range.
Alex Bentley along with three of Connecticut’s starters finished in double-figures: Alex Bentley (18), Alyssa Thomas (13), Jasmine Thomas (12) and Shekinna Strickland (11). Additionally, forward Alyssa Thomas had her first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Thomas also collected six assists and three blocked shots against Las Vegas.
Aces forward Tamera Young led all scorers with 23 points to go 7-of-14 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. In her first game of the season, rookie A’ja Wilson finished with a double-double totaling 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Aces. Nia Coffey collected 11 points for Las Vegas.
Las Vegas (0-1) had an early 14-4 lead thanks to a 14-2 run 3:40 of the game, but the Sun closed out the quarter on a 21-7 run and led 25-21 after the first quarter. The Sun continued to roll in the second quarter, building its lead to 44-28 with 2:51 remaining in the half. Las Vegas never got closer than 10 the rest of the day
The Sun are back on the court on Thursday, May 24th at 7 p.m., hosting the Los Angeles Sparks at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Listen to Sun Head Coach Curt Miller’s comments after the game below.
See photos from the game below, or visit the gallery here for full-size images.