Preview: Connecticut Sun vs. Los Angeles Sparks

Connecticut Sun (6-6) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (9-3)
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun fell 96-82 to the Dallas Wings at College Park Center on Sunday, June 25th. The Los Angeles Sparks won 84-73 over the Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, June 24th.

Players to Watch: ConnecticutJonquel Jones leads the Sun this season in both scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg). She posted 14 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in Sunday’s loss to Dallas. Alyssa Thomas ranks second on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg). She had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Wings. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (4.9 apg). She added six points, two rebounds and six assists in the game.

Los AngelesNneka Ogwumike leads the Sparks this season in scoring (20.3 ppg) and is second in rebounding (6.7 rpg). She posted 21 points, six rebounds and two assists in Saturday’s win over Indiana. Candace Parker leads Los Angeles in both rebounding (7.7 rpg) and assists (4.7 apg) and ranks second on the team in scoring (16.9 ppg). She had 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists against the Fever. Chelsea Gray is third on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg) and second in assists (4.3 apg). She also added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in the game.

Noteworthy:

·     The Connecticut Sun were 0-3 against Los Angeles last season.

·     Jonquel Jones (14 points, 12 rebounds) recorded her 6th double-double of the season against Dallas. She currently leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.7 rpg).

·     Jasmine Thomas now ranks fifth in the league in assists (4.9 apg).

·     Connecticut is third in the WNBA in team scoring (85.9 points per game). They also collected a league-high 50 rebounds earlier this season against Chicago (5/28).

·     The Sun currently lead the league in team three-point percentage (.431).

·     Candace Parker (18 points, 13 rebounds) posted her third double-double of the season against Indiana. She ranks eighth in the league in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and seventh in assists (4.7 apg).

·     Nneka Ogwumike recorded her eighth game of the season scoring 20 or more points against the Fever and currently ranks fourth in the WNBA in scoring (20.3 ppg). She has also scored in double-figures in every game this season for the Sparks.

·     Los Angeles has won five straight games and seven of their last eight. They rank second in the league in team scoring (86.6 points per game) and lead the league in field goal percentage (.491).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On the tough loss to Dallas on Sunday
“I thought Dallas was the aggressor. I thought they set the tone in the first quarter by getting themselves to the foul line nine times. Through this stretch of wins, we’ve been the aggressor, and you worry about that with Dallas, because they play downhill. They fly into you, they play really aggressive and they played inspired without [Coach] Fred [Williams] here. So the aggressive team won tonight, and they earned their calls.”

On being kept below 90 points and five-game win streak being snapped
“Well, I thought we shot 50 percent, it was the number of possessions. We didn’t get to the foul line, not one time in the third quarter. Or, that first possession in the third, then didn’t for the next nine and a half minutes. But we turned it over too much. We had 18 turnovers, so it limited our possessions tonight.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun will host the Seattle Storm at Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, June 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET. GET TICKETS