League-leading Sun go for two-game sweep of Sparks

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Brionna Jones and the Connecticut Sun will try to complete a two-game home sweep of the Los Angeles Sparks when the teams meet for the second time in three days on Saturday night in Uncasville, Conn.

Jones led all scorers with 23 points on Thursday to push the Sun past the Sparks 76-72 for their seventh straight regular season win. Jonquel Jones added 22 points and 11 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner scored 14 to keep Connecticut (19-6) one game ahead of Las Vegas for the WNBA’s top record.

Connecticut led by eight with two and a half minutes remaining, but saw its lead shrink to two in the final minute before ultimately holding on.

“We’ve got to take care of the ball and execute our defensive play a little bit better. There’s some little things that we let slip away,” Brionna Jones told NESN afterward. “If we watch the film and look at what we did wrong and get better at that, we’re gonna be good next game.”

Nia Coffey had a season-high 18 points for Los Angeles (10-15), which has dropped two straight after its four-game winning streak. Sparks leading scorer Nneka Ogwumike (14.5 points per game) finished with 13 points and Erica Wheeler added 13 and nine assists.

“We always like (an immediate rematch),” Wheeler said. “I think we sent a message early on — it was a close game. We’ll just watch film (and) see how we can attack them, fix our mistakes and just come ready on Saturday and ready to play.”

Los Angeles trails New York by a half game for the league’s eighth and final playoff spot. The Sparks are 1-2 on a season-long six-game road trip that will see them travel to Indiana and Minnesota before returning home on Sept. 9 to host Connecticut.

The Sun are a league-best 12-1 at home while the Sparks are 3-8 on the road this season.

–Field Level Media

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