Sparks vs Sun 6.6.2019

The Connecticut Sun came out strong showing their “A” game at times beating the Los Angeles Sparks 89-77 before a crowd of 5,496 at Mohegan Sun Arena. For the first time this season, all five starters for the Sun scored in double-figures. Led by 18 from Jonquel Jones, she was joined by Jasmine Thomas, who had a season-best 17 points while Courtney Williams added 15, Alyssa Thomas had 11 and Shekinna Stricklen had 10.

 

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams (10) with a lay-up.

The Sun blocked 11 shots in tonight’s game, tying the franchise record, set on July 20, 2016, at Dallas. Jonquel Jones tied her career-high with five blocks. She’s now accomplished the feat three times in her career.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones (35) blocks the shot of Los Angeles Sparks forward Chiney Ogwumike (13).

Alyssa Thomas recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Her 12 rebounds is a season-best, as were her six assists.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun
Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) shoots over Los Angeles forward Chiney Ogwumike (13).

Connecticut recorded 13 steals in the game, the most since June 1, 2018, when they snagged 15 at Chicago. Jasmine Thomas had a season-high six steals in the win, including two in the closing minutes of the game that led to layups and sealed the victory for Connecticut.

Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun
After stealing the ball, Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas (5) seals the victory for the Sun with another layup.

For the Los Angeles Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike recorded her third double-double of the season scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

 Jonquel Jones Quotes

What does it mean to get a victory against Los Angeles? – “It means a lot to us. Any chance you get to play a team again, especially very recently, it allows you to correct a lot of things that you could do better. Personally, we really wanted to get a win.”

What was different this time around against the Sparks? – “This time we really wanted to limit Chelsea Gray. Jasmine (Thomas) and everyone really did a good job of making sure we had eyes on her and limited the way she scored on us last time”

On the plan going forward – “Just playing hard. We won this game with defense. When we play like that we are a really good team.”

Courtney Williams Quotes

On the difference between this game against Los Angeles and last week – “I think we defended. Our intensity on defense was at a high-level tonight. In the first half, my teammates were getting me the ball in transition, setting some great screens so I could get to my jumper and get to the basket.”

On the team effort – “We can all go out there and get a bucket. Any night, anyone can go out there and have a great night so I think that it just shows how deep we are.”

 Los Angeles Head Coach Derek Fisher Quotes

Postgame reactions from tonight’s game – “They definitely started out much more ready to compete and play hard. The Sun were more engaged to start the game. They were playing with a physicality and a toughness, and by the time we caught up to it, it was too late.”

On what was learned about the team’s resilience after being short-handed – “There’s no moral victories in professional sports, but you are trying to build habits in terms. I thought that tonight, despite the loss, we started to build some habits in terms of competitiveness, mental toughness and physical toughness. You can’t win in this league without those things. I’m proud of the effort that they sustained. We were down by 21 points in the second half, and we had a chance. That’s all you can ask some nights, but Connecticut deserves a lot of credit tonight.”

Chiney Ogwumike Quotes

On playing against her former teammates and being back in Connecticut – “I’ve played against my former teammates twice already. At the end of the day, I’m wearing purple and gold, and all I focus on is what the Sparks need to do to do to pursue a win. It’s cool to see people you really know. But at the end of the day, as a professional, when the ball goes up, we have a job. Everyone here in the league has people they are close to, but when it comes to tipoff, you forget all of that and you just play.”


Listen to the full post-game press conference with Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller below.

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