Preview: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Stars

Connecticut Sun (8-7) at San Antonio Stars (1-14)
AT&T Center
Wednesday, July 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET
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Last GameThe Connecticut Sun won 91-85 over the Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, July 1st. The San Antonio Stars won 89-82 at home over the Chicago Sky on Friday, June 30th.

Players to WatchConnecticut Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (12.3 rpg). She posted 29 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Indiana. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.2 apg) and is second in scoring (15.4 ppg). She had 22 points, three assists and a rebound against the Fever. Alyssa Thomas ranks second in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and assists (5.1 apg) and is third in scoring (13.9 ppg). She added 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the game.

San Antonio –  Kayla McBride leads San Antonio this season in scoring (15.3 ppg), is second in assists (2.2 apg) and third in rebounding (4.5 rpg). She posted 14 points and two assists in Friday’s win over Chicago. Isabelle Harrison is second on the Stars in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg). She had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists against the Sky. Moriah Jefferson leads the team in assists (4.7 apg) and ranks third on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg). She added 13 points and eight assists in the game.

Noteworthy:

·     In their first meeting earlier this season, the Connecticut Sun won 85-77 over San Antonio on June 3rd.

·     Courtney Williams (23 points, 10 rebounds), Alyssa Thomas (18 points, seven assists and two rebounds) and Jonquel Jones (nine points and 14 rebounds) led the Sun in the win over the Stars (6/3).

·     Kayla McBride (27 points, six rebounds and two assists), Kayla Alexander (14 points, three blocks) and Kelsey Plum (eight points, three rebounds and seven assists) led San Antonio in the loss to the Sun (6/3).

·     Connecticut leads the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (.443).

·     Jonquel Jones scored a career-high 29 points along with 15 rebounds against Indiana. It was her fourth straight double-double and ninth of the season. It was also Jones’ eighth straight game scoring in double-figures. Through 15 games, she leads the WNBA in rebounding (12.3 rpg).

·     Jasmine Thomas (22 points) recorded her 11th game this season scoring in double-figures. It marked the fourth time in six games she has eclipsed 20 points.

·     Forward Alyssa Thomas posted her fourth straight game with at least eight assists, and the fifth time she has had seven or more this season. Her 71 assists for the season has already surpassed her previous career high of 70 (2016).

·     Courtney Williams had career-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds against San Antonio (6/3). It was her first double-double of her career.

·     Kayla McBride’s 27 points against Connecticut (6/3) was a season-high. She currently ranks sixth in the league in free-throw percentage (.920).

·     Moriah Jefferson ranks ninth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.523) and is tied for the lead in steals (2.0 spg).

·     San Antonio has the lowest team scoring average in the league (73.9 ppg).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On points in the paint against Indiana:
“You know we wanted to move the ball and take what they gave us. But we wanted to play with an inside-outside approach. And we thought with more touches we could get in the paint different ways, off the dribble, off the catch, off of offensive rebounds, the more it would loosen up the outside game. And we’ve been shooting the ball so well from the outside. But we had to establish inside first. It was a great game. I think the two of us are going to be scratching and clawing on for the playoffs. If they won tonight, they would win the series and so have the tie breaker. I coached tonight like it was a playoff game. You know how early in the season, how big this game could be.”

Next GameThe Connecticut Sun return home to host the Washington Mystics at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. ET. GET TICKETS