The Connecticut Sun held off a tough Indiana Fever team for an 88-77 win in front of 4,781 fans at Mohegan Sun Arena. For the second straight season, Connecticut has started 2-0. For the second straight game, Jonquel Jones finished in double-figures, scoring a season-high 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Williams also scored in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively.
Jasmine Thomas recorded a season-high seven assists while tallying her second-straight game in double-figures with 15 points and Alyssa Thomas grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds.
CONNECTICUT SUN QUOTES
On pulling away from Indiana in the second half – “We were able to string together some stops, make some good baskets and Courtney (Williams) got going late. JJ (Jonquel Jones) carries us all night being consistent and staying on the boards. We stayed confident till the end and closed out the game.”
On the team’s ability to move the ball and find the open shooter – “We always try to play off of each other and move the ball and sometimes we even pass up good shots to get greater shots. That is something we have been talking about this season, moving from good to great. We are making an emphasis to do that and not settling. A lot of time we settled for threes or settling for the first jumper that comes our way and we are instead trying to move the ball more.”
On the importance of winning the team’s first two home games before the west coast trip – “The two first wins were not pretty. We know we can play a lot better. We are excited that even though we got those two wins, there is another level we can go to. The west coast is always tough. We are playing an experience and different L.A. team and Vegas has put together a squad. We are ready to accept the challenge and get some road wins.”
On the feel of the team through the first two games – “One of the main things coming into the season that we wanted to focus on was being able to play when the games aren’t as pretty or as smooth as we would like it to be. The team knows once we get on runs we can play and beat anybody. These two games we showed we have a lot of character and we have a lot of confidence.”
On the team’s balance – “We have a lot of people that can go off. I think the style we play, team basketball, is really hard to stop because the ball moves through so many people. That is the beauty of watching our team play.”
On the team’s chemistry – “That is playing together and being unselfish. When you play with people that are willing to share the ball it is a lot of fun and the game looks smooth.”
INDIANA FEVER QUOTES
Head Coach Pokey Chatman
On if she was happy with the effort despite the loss – “Happy is kind of strong. I saw some positive things out there. I thought we executed in our half-court offense, we got some good looks in transition. Connecticut is a high powered offensive team that likes to get out in transition, but that is not where they punished us. They punished us in the half court. We had some miscues and a veteran squad makes you pay for it. I told our team that we only got to the line three times and we have been getting to the line like 20 times in our previous four games. There are some things we can clean up there and we will. It’s early and we have a lot of youth that is still developing and positives for the near future and that near future is New York on the first.”
On how good (Candice) Dupree and (Erica) Wheeler were for her tonight – “Candice is that savvy, poised vet that calms everything down. Wheeler is what the game is becoming with the point guard that can score, but she also had nine assists and really controlled the offensive flow. She probably made 50 percent of the play calls and that’s good because they can’t look at me and those are the positive things and it pleases me that I know we are going to continue to get better.”
On if she was happy with the effort of her team tonight – “Yeah I think so. This year we are starting games a lot better than we did last year, we just need to have better third quarters. They kind of went on a run to start the third quarter and we need to do a better job defending the middle.”
On Jonquel Jones and the tough matchup especially when the goes out and makes four 3’s – “She is hard to guard. She is ridiculously tall and she can play on the block as well as shoot the three ball. We had some opportunities where we could have switched, but it’s just lack of communication. We have to open our mouth, get in her space and limit her touches.”
On the close game at half and how Connecticut took control in the third quarter – “Most definitely. They are a veteran team and you can’t take that away from them. We got some open looks, but we just didn’t hit them and us missing those shots and they came down and hit a three and then another long three. We just didn’t stop the bleeding. They are going to get to their spots and we need to do a better job of containing.”
On if they are excited to now go home for four straight including the home opener – “Absolutely. Yeah, it’s a loss, but we are not going to dwell on it. We are going to practice and work on what we need to work on and get ready for New York. As you can see the energy is way different from last year. Nobody is moping, we are just ready for the next game.”
Listen to the full post-game press conference with Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller below.