Preview: Connecticut Sun @ Phoenix Mercury

Connecticut Sun (21-11) vs. Phoenix Mercury (16-16)
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Friday, September 1st, 10:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 86-76 over the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena on Tuesday, August 29th. The Phoenix Mercury won 75-71 over the Seattle Storm at KeyArena on Sunday, August 27th.

 Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut in both scoring (15.8 ppg.) and rebounding (12.0 rpg.). She finished with 14 points, 22 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in Tuesdays win over Washington. Alyssa Thomas leads the Sun in assists (4.7 apg.), and is second in scoring (14.9 ppg.) and rebounds (6.8 rpg.). She had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Mystics. Jasmine Thomas ranks second on the team in assists (4.3 apg.) and third in scoring (14.6 ppg.). She added 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in the game.

Phoenix – Brittney Griner leads Phoenix in scoring (21.2 ppg.) and rebounding (7.7 rpg.). She finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in Sunday’s win over Seattle. Diana Taurasi is second on the Mercury in scoring (18.3 ppg.), and had 18 points, six rebounds and an assist against the Storm. Leilani Mitchell leads the team in assists (3.6 apg.) and is fourth in scoring. She added 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win.

Noteworthy:

  • With the win at Washington, the Sun secured a top-4 seed heading into the WNBA Playoffs and will host a second round game on September 10th at Mohegan Sun Arena.
  • Connecticut looks to complete the season series sweep after winning the first two games of the season against Phoenix.
  • The Sun lead the league in scoring average (87.1 points per game), and ranks second in three-point percentage (.369) and rebounds (36.78 per game).
  • Jones became just the second player in WNBA history to have three 20 rebound games in a season after collecting a career-high 22 rebounds against Washington. With 14 points in the game, she recorded her 19th double-double of the season. She also had a career-high six assists in the game.
  • Alyssa Thomas’s 26 points against the Mystics was a new career-high. She posted her fifth double-double and fifth game of the season scoring 20 or more points. She currently ranks fifth in the WNBA in assists (4.7 apg.).
  • Jasmine Thomas recorded her sixth straight game (25th of the season) in double-figure scoring. It was also her fifth game with 20 or more points.
  • Alex Bentley (10 points) finished in double-figure scoring for the 10th time this season against the Mystics.
  • Griner leads the WNBA in scoring (21.2 ppg.) and is ninth in rebounding (7.7 rpg.). She has now scored 20 or more points in 12 games this season.
  • Taurasi ranks eighth in the league in scoring (18.3 ppg.). She made a season-high 12 field goals against Connecticut back on August 4th.
  • Mitchell set season-highs with eight assists and five made three-pointers against the Sun this season (8/8).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller:

On the starting five’s big night against Washington:
“I thought that we were really good when we moved the ball. We were good in transition because Washington missed some shots that they are capable of making. We were able to get defensive rebounds and get out and run tonight. That was the key, we were able to run on them. Alyssa Thomas had a big night because she was able to instigate the fast break and make a lot happen. Jonquel Jones just had a monster game on the boards, so [I am] really proud. When we moved the ball we were really good tonight.”

 Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center on Sunday, September 3rd at 4:00 p.m. ET. For more info, visit www.connecticutsun.com.