Brionna Jones and the WNBA-leading Connecticut Sun put their eight-game winning streak on the line when they visit the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Connecticut (20-6) enters with a one-game lead over the Las Vegas Aces atop the league standings. The Sun have not been defeated in regular-season play since a 73-67 loss at the Indiana Fever on July 3.
The Sun are coming off a two-game home sweep of the Los Angeles Sparks, winning 76-61 Saturday to cap a perfect five-game home stand and improve to 13-1 at home.
“Happy that we had such a great home stand,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “This stretch was so important for us to build momentum in August for this last stretch run.”
Jones had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against the Sparks to earn Eastern Conference Player of Week honors. Sun leading scorer Jonquel Jones added 14 points and seven boards versus Los Angeles.
Washington (10-15) trails the New York Liberty by percentage points for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Mystics have won two of three after dropping eight of their previous nine games.
Shavonte Zellous made a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left to lift Washington over the visiting Dallas Wings 76-75 on Saturday.
Natasha Cloud had 21 points and five assists to lead the Mystics, who were playing without WNBA leading scorer Tina Charles and former MVP Elena Delle Donne.
Charles is sidelined two to three games with a left glute strain while Delle Donne was held out for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day as she works her way back from a 22-month recovery from multiple back surgeries.
“With Elena and Tina being out, with (Ariel Atkins) struggling a little bit (against Dallas), a lot more does fall on me — and I’m capable of it,” said Cloud.
Washington will try to avoid a season series sweep against the Sun after losing 86-81 at Connecticut on May 28 and 90-71 against them at home on June 29.
–Field Level Media