Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 30 points with five made threes as the Connecticut Sun won its fourth in a row, rolling to a 109-88 win over the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday afternoon. The Sun (16-12) continued its playoff push with another outstanding offensive effort, establishing a new franchise record with 46 made field goals — the highest total by any WNBA team this season and one short of the league record — while falling just one point short of the team record (110 twice). In the first half, Connecticut set a franchise record with 64 points and 26 field goals. The previous record for points in a half was 62, set on June 1st at Chicago and the previous record for made field goals was 24 (twice).
Jasmine Thomas tied career-highs with 12 made field goals and five made threes, scoring 20 points in the first half. Chiney Ogwumike added 15 points and seven rebounds while Morgan Tuck had 10 points and six rebounds.
A’ja Wilson had 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting while Kelsey Plum (21 points, 5 of 6 made threes) and Kayla McBride (17 points) also scored in double figures.
After the game, Sun Head Coach Curt Miller commented: “That’s a big one for us tonight, a really important win. Hats off to a crowd on a nice Sunday, they gave us the energy and kept pushing us through. When we lost in Vegas, we were on our fourth game in seven days and without two starters. With that said, between Kelsey Plum, Kayla McBride and Moriah Jefferson, they played the entire game without a turnover. So we talked about being more disruptive and how important it would be to convert some turnovers tonight. We had 20 points off their turnovers tonight. We turned those three talented guards over five times and got more deflections on top of it, so there was much more disruption tonight. A dominating offensive rebounding team, they got an offensive rebound on the first possession of the game. For the next 39 minutes, we held them to one offensive rebound. A dominating, physical team on the boards, and we held them to one offensive rebound for the next 39 minutes, a huge part of the game plan going in. Our defense wasn’t perfect tonight and they scored at a good percentage, but I loved the tempo we played at.
Offensively, that’s a franchise record for made field goals in a game. We were a few misses away in the last couple of minutes of tying an NBA record for made field goals in a game. We did a lot of really good things offensively. We screened better, we made an adjustment and screened better this game. We were patient, they got to see us move better than we did last time. I thought our energy bothered them the way their energy bothered us there. It’s a huge win, especially not knowing what the league is going to do. If they by any chance take a loss in the game they didn’t play, that would give us the tie-breaker and a four-game lead with six to go on them. I can’t begin to tell you how big that is for our franchise with this push to the playoffs. I’m proud of our four-game winning streak, now we have to go on one last road trip to Dallas first and then Chicago.”
Aces Head Coach Bill Laimbeer commented: “I thought Connecticut played very well, they made all their shots, they were geeked to play. They found their mojo again, they are a quality basketball team especially at home. We played OK. We didn’t play our stellar game, we are still learning, we are young and you saw all that inexperience out there especially when we made substitutions. We are still growing, it’s one loss on the road and we have to keep on moving on.”
Connecticut will make its last road trip of the season this week, playing Dallas (8/8) on August 8th and Chicago (8/10) August 10 before returning home on August 12th for the last four games of the year. The Las Vegas Aces travel next to Atlanta to take on the Dream on August 7th.
Listen to the full post-game press conference with Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller below.
See photos from the game below, or visit the gallery here for full-size images.