The Connecticut Sun have already clinched the WNBA’s best regular season record and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. The Atlanta Dream were eliminated from playoff contention a couple of weeks ago.
Yet still at stake Sunday at Uncasville, Conn., is Connecticut’s 13-game winning streak that ranks as the franchise record.
The Sun’s 98-69 victory Wednesday night over visiting New York broke a tie with Connecticut’s 2006 squad for most consecutive victories.
“It just feels like we’re clicking at the right time,” said forward and MVP candidate Jonquel Jones. “We’re peaking at the right time. The tempo that we’re playing at is really good. Our defense is locked in every night. Everybody’s contributing.”
Jones, who has averaged 19.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, had 18 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday night. Five other teammates scored in double figures, including 18 by DeWanna Bonner, as Connecticut canned 50.7 percent of its field goals and earned a 38-21 rebounding advantage.
The Sun (25-6) also played tough defense. They held the high-powered Liberty to 41.9 percent shooting and forced 28 turnovers that they turned into 23 points.
Alyssa Thomas made her return to the floor for the Sun on Wednesday night after missing nine months with a torn Achilles tendon. The forward is back to form a formidable front court with Jones and Bonner.
Atlanta (8-23) enters after a 74-68 home loss Thursday night against playoff hopeful Los Angeles. The Dream owned a slim fourth-quarter lead before the Sparks pulled away down the stretch.
Tiffany Hayes will attempt to close the season with another big game. She tallied a game-high 31 points in Tuesday night’s home win over Indiana, then scored 25 against Los Angeles. Hayes is averaging 19.8 points over the last five games.
Connecticut is aiming for a season sweep of Atlanta, having taken the first two meetings 78-67 in the season opener and 84-72 on July 9.
–Field Level Media