Connecticut Sun Secures Double Bye with Win at LA
The Connecticut Sun (23-6) and Los Angeles Sparks (10-19), met for the final time this regular season. The Sun defeated the Sparks 75-57 and secured a double-round bye in the playoffs. This is Connecticut's third year in a row advancing to the semifinals.
This victory is the 17th time the team has won by 10 or more points this season and the 15th time the Sun have held opponents to 70 points or less.
The Sun have secured series wins over nine opponents this season, including four sweeps.
Connecticut extended its winning streak to 11 which is the longest win streak in the league this season. The Phoenix Mercury sits the next closest with 10. The Sun's longest win streak is 12 which dates back to the 2006 season.
Curt Miller won his 112th game as a head coach in the WNBA. Miller is now holds sole possession of 15th on the WNBA All-Time Coaches Wins List. He recently surpassed Marynell Meadors (111).
The Sun grabbed a dominate 17-0 lead over the Sparks during the first seven and a half minutes of play. LA eventually combatted CT's advantage with an 8-2 run. This is the second time this season Connecticut has held opponents to just eight points in the first quarter (19-8) and the third time they've done so in any quarter this season.
Connecticut held a 17-point lead (45-28) at the break after outscoring Los Angeles 26-20 in the second.
The Sparks were able to outscore the Sun by one point in the third (17-16).
For the second time in three games, Jonquel Jones scored 10 points in the first quarter alone. By the half she had already secured her 15th double-double of the season and 54th of her career with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jones finished the contest with 21 points and 14 rebounds. This is the 14th time she's led the Sun in points and 18th time she's led in rebounds this year. Jones added two assists, three steals and two blocks. She's the 11th WNBA player to record 9 career 20/14 games and the 12th player with a 20/14/3/2 game.
Brionna Jones tallied one steal and is now one more away from tallying her 100th career steal. Jones added the next most for the Sun, scoring 15 points on 7-of-8 from the field.
DeWanna Bonner contributed in all aspects for the Sun in the win. Bonner scored 11 points, seven of which were from the freethrow line (7-8), grabbed six rebounds and led the team with five assists.
Jasmine Thomas was the fourth Sun player to reach double-figures in scoring. She chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. She went a perfect 5-of-5 from the stripe.
Natisha Hiedeman led the reserves with seven points, DiJonai Carrington followed with three and Beatrice Mompremier and Kaila Charles added two apiece.
Connecticut found themselves at the freethrow line a season-high 29 times and shot 89.7 percent (26-29). Los Angeles took only 11 trips the entire game (9-11). The Sun outperformed the Sparks on the boards (32-19), in the paint (36-32), on fast breaks (7-4) and in second chance points (12-6).
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