It was another balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures during the Connecticut Sun’s 89-75 win over the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. Courtney Williams scored 20 points while Jasmine Thomas had 18 points. The Sun early season record now improves to 7 and 1.
Williams had the hot hand early, making 5-of-7 shots for 10 points in the first quarter, which ended with the game tied at 20. Williams and Jasmine Thomas combined for 28 first-half points as the Sun built a 44-38 lead at the break.
The game featured seven lead changes and 10 ties, with the Sun using a 19-8 run over the last five minutes of the third quarter to turn a 52-48 deficit into a 67-56 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Shekinna Stricklen (11 points) had a pair of long threes to help turn the momentum. In the fourth quarter, the Lynx got as close as seven points twice — the last time was 74-67 with 6:31 left — before an Ogwumike putback sparked a 9-0 Sun run that locked up the win.
Ogwumike had a block and three rebounds during that stretch while Jonquel Jones (10 points) hit a clutch three. Alyssa Thomas (seven points, 11 rebounds) also had a steal, a rebound, and a jumper while Williams capped the run with a 12 footer.
Chiney Ogwumike began the game needing 11 points to reach 1,000 for her career and finished the game with exactly 11. She is the 199th player in WNBA history to score 1,000 points.
Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Maya Moore had 17 points.
Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented: “For us to go 4-1 in that stretch (5 games in the last 9 days) is simply remarkable and a credit to that locker room. They believe in each other, care for each other, play for each other. ” See the video below for more from Coach Miller’s post-game press conference.
Connecticut is now 4-0 at home this season. The Sun will host the Washington Mystics on June 13 at 7 p.m.
Listen to Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller’s full comments after the game below.
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