Preview: Connecticut Sun vs. New York Liberty

Connecticut Sun (18-9) vs. New York Liberty (15-12)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, August 18th, 7:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 96-75 over the Atlanta Dream at McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday, August 15th. The New York Liberty won 83-69 at home over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday, August 13th.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg). She posted 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday’s win over Atlanta. Alyssa Thomas leads the Sun in assists (4.8 apg), is second in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and third in scoring (14.3 ppg). She had 10 points, four rebounds and six assists against the Dream. Jasmine Thomas ranks second on the team in both scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg), and added 18 points, three rebounds and four assists in the game.

New York – Tina Charles leads New York in scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg). She posted 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in Sunday’s win over Los Angeles. Epiphanny Prince leads the Liberty in assists (3.2 apg) and is fourth in scoring (11.3 ppg). She had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists against the Sparks. Shavonte Zellous ranks second on the team in assists (3.0 apg), third in scoring (12.4 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.3 rpg). She added 19 points and six rebounds in the game.

Noteworthy:
• Connecticut is 2-1 against New York this season.
• The Sun have won 12 of their last 14 games, including eight straight wins at home. It’s the longest home winning streak since 2006 (July 6th – August 3rd), and the Sun are 10-3 overall at Mohegan Sun Arena this season.
• Connecticut has clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012.
• The Sun recorded a season-high 28 assists against the Dream on Tuesday. It was the second highest single-game assist total in franchise history.
• Connecticut leads the league in scoring average (87.5 points per game) and three-point shooting percentage (.380), is third in rebounds (35.93 per game) and fourth in assists (18.48 per game).
• Jones posted her seventh straight double-double (17th of the season) against Atlanta. She has 23 double-figure scoring games, 19 games with double-digit rebounds and currently leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.7 rpg).
• Alyssa Thomas is fifth in the league in assists (4.8 apg).
• Courtney Williams surpassed 500 career points against the Dream, and has now scored in double figures in 11 of the last 12 games for the Sun.
• Jasmine Thomas is just 14 points shy of 2,000 career points.
• Alex Bentley tied her season-high with seven assists against the Dream.
• New York has won three straight games after losing two in a row to San Antonio (8/1) and Los Angeles (8/4).
• The Liberty lead the league in rebounds (38.30 per game) and allow the lowest field goal percentage (.415) to opponents.
• Charles dished out a season-high six assists against Connecticut back on June 23rd. She is fourth in the WNBA in both scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg).
• Shavonte Zellous made a season-high three three-pointers against the Sparks.

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller:
On the strategy going into the game against Atlanta
“Well the Dream is so athletic. You worry about their athleticism and their ability to get out in transition so you have to compete and make them get in the half-court. We tried to make their shots as difficult as possible.”

On Jonquel Jones’ breakout season
“It’s her putting time into her own game. Confidence coming back from a very successful first overseas season. She’s so versatile too. It’s not a lot the coaches are doing, it’s just a great player showing her versatility.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the Phoenix Mercury at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m. ET. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.