Preview: Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks

Connecticut Sun (11-7) At Los Angeles Sparks (12-5)
Staples Center
Thursday, July 13th, 10:30 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 83-79 on the road over the Seattle Storm at KeyArena on Wednesday, July 12th. The Los Angeles Sparks fell 81-69 to the Seattle Storm at KeyArena on Saturday, July 8th.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut in both scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). She posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over Seattle. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.2 apg) and is second in scoring (15.0 ppg). She had 15 points, six assists, five steals and three rebounds against the Storm. Alyssa Thomas ranks second on the team in both assists (5.1 apg) and rebounds (6.2 rpg) and third in scoring (14.1 ppg). She added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the game.

Los Angeles – Nneka Ogwumike leads Los Angeles this season in scoring (19.9 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.3 rpg). She posted 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals in Saturday’s loss to Seattle. Candace Parker leads the Sparks in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and assists (4.3 apg) and is third in scoring (15.6 ppg). She had 10 points and eight rebounds against the Storm. Chelsea Gray ranks second on the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and assists (4.2 apg). She added eight points and six assists in the game.

Noteworthy:

  • The Sun have not won a game against Los Angeles since their 80-76 overtime win on June 26, 2015.
  • The Connecticut Sun fell 87-79 to the Los Angeles Sparks in their first meeting earlier this season on June 27th at Mohegan Sun Arena.
  • Jasmine Thomas (19 points, three rebounds and three assists), Jonquel Jones (13 points, 17 rebounds) and Alyssa Thomas (13 points, 11 rebounds) led the Sun in the game.
  • Nneka Ogwumike (21 points, nine rebounds) and Candace Parker (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) led the Sparks in the win.
  • Alyssa Thomas’s 11 rebounds against Los Angeles were a season-high (6/27). She is also sixth in the league in assists (5.1 apg).
  • Connecticut has won 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The Sun lead the league in three-point percentage (.431), and rank second in team scoring average (86.9 ppg) and team rebounding (35.94 rpg).
  • Shekinna Stricklen tied a franchise record with a career-high seven made three-point field goals on her way to a season-high 21 points against Seattle.
  • Jonquel Jones recorded her 10th double-double of the season against the Storm. She currently leads the league in rebounding (11.8 rpg).
  • Jasmine Thomas is fifth in the WNBA in assists (5.2 apg).
  • Los Angeles leads all WNBA teams in field goal percentage (.480) and steals (8.76 spg).
  • Nneka Ogwumike recorded her 11th game of the season with 20 or more points against the Storm. She is fourth in the WNBA in scoring (19.9 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (7.3 rpg).
  • Candace Parker ranks eighth in the league in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and 10th in assists (4.3 apg).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On how his team responded after Seattle’s 33-point second quarter:
“I thought offensively in the first half we were okay, we just couldn’t get stops, so we were forced to play in the half court against a set defense the whole game. Obviously, they had an incredible first half shooting, and if we could get them to miss some shots, we could play downhill. We thought that was the key, that we were able to get out and run. Even if it didn’t lead to an easy basket, we got into actions faster. I’m really proud that we didn’t panic when Seattle played so well offensively in the first half.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun return home to host the San Antonio Stars at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 p.m. ET. For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.