The Connecticut Sun scored over a hundred points for the second game in a row in their victory over the Sparks 102-94. The Sun are the first team in WNBA history to score 100 or more points in the first two games of the season. Both teams shot exceptionally well from the field, the Sun shooting 62.5% and the Sparks 54.7% in this strong offensive matchup. Connecticut tied a franchise record with 37 points in the fourth quarter on 72.2 percent shooting with four made three-point shots.
Chiney Ogwumike led six Sun players in double figures with 18 points while Jonquel Jones had 17 points with a pair of three-pointers. Alyssa Thomas (15 points, nine rebounds, five assists), Courtney Williams (14 points, five assists, four rebounds), Jasmine Thomas (13 points, eight assists) and Shekinna Stricklen (11 points) also had big games for Connecticut.
Chelsea Gray (21 points, five assists, four rebounds), Odyssey Sims (20 points), Nneka Ogwumike (19 points) and Essence Carson (15 points) led the Sparks.
The game was highlighted by the matchup of Sparks Nneka Ogumike against her sister Chiney Ogumike of the Sun. Chiney commented: “Man, it felt good, it just felt right. Even though we’re playing against each other, I feel her positive vibes. It’s just sort of funny because there was a point where she hit a shot and then I hit a shot, I traveled and then she traveled, and then I remember I hit a jumper and she hit a three and I’m like really, she always has to one-up me. Nonetheless, she’s such a talented player. She is poised, she’s a leader and she’s everything I aspire to be. To be able to play against her and compete, I learn a lot from her, it’s just nice to win this time around.”
After the game, Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented: “I’m proud of our team tonight, gutty fourth quarter. Certainly, I felt we could have gone away. Down nine, a little stagnant at the end of the third quarter, a team we haven’t beaten in a few years, easily could’ve seen a team pack it in and say it wasn’t our night. But our defense and intensity picked up, big stretch, and then the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter to give us the energy that we could do it. And then you saw a team playing their third game in five days and what this compacted schedule can do to people. Short-handed, the third game in five days, and we looked like the fresher team in the fourth quarter and put up 37 points. Really was a gutty, gutty win, proud of our players.”
The Sun face the Indiana Fever in just two days on May 26th at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Listen to Sun Head Coach Curt Miller’s full comments after the game below.
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