Preview: Connecticut Sun at Seattle Storm

Connecticut Sun (10-7) vs. Seattle Storm (8-9)
Key Arena
Wednesday, July 12th, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 96-92 at home over the Washington Mystics on July 8th. The Seattle Storm won 81-69 over the Los Angeles Sparks at KeyArena on July 8th.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). She posted 22 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s win over Washington. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.2 apg) and is second in scoring (15.0 ppg). She had 15 points, five steals and two assists against the Mystics. Alyssa Thomas ranks second on the team in both rebounding (6.1 rpg) and assists (5.1 apg), and is third in scoring (14.2 ppg). She added 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the game.

Seattle – Breanna Stewart leads Seattle in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg) this season. She posted 26 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in Saturday’s win over Los Angeles. Jewell Loyd is second on the Storm in scoring (16.9 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg), and third in rebounding (3.8 rpg). She had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists against the Sparks. Sue Bird leads the team in assists (6.7 apg) and added 15 points, two rebounds and three assists in the game.

Noteworthy:

  • The Connecticut Sun won 96-89 over Seattle in their first meeting this season back on June 29th at Mohegan Sun Arena.
  • Jasmine Thomas (29 points, four rebounds and six assists), Alyssa Thomas (17 points, five rebounds and nine assists) and Jonquel Jones (13 points, 10 rebounds) led the Sun in the win (6/29).
  • Breanna Stewart (22 points, 10 rebounds), Jewell Loyd (21 points, four rebounds and three assists) and Sue Bird (16 points, five assists) led Seattle in the game.
  • Jasmine Thomas’ 29 points against Seattle earlier this season was a career-high (6/29).
  • Alyssa Thomas dished out a career-high nine assists against Seattle (6/29).
  • The Sun lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.430).
  • Connecticut had the biggest comeback in franchise history (22 points) in Saturday’s win over Washington. It is tied for the second biggest second-half rally in WNBA history.
  • All five of the Sun’s starters finished in double-figure scoring.
  • Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas were both named starters for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017.
  • Jonquel Jones scored her 500th career point and posted her fifth game of the season with 20 or more points against Washington. She currently leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.8 rpg).
  • Jasmine Thomas had a season-high five steals against the Mystics. She is fifth in the league in assists (5.2 apg).
  • Shekinna Stricklen leads Connecticut in three-pointers this season with 38.
  • The Storm rank second in the league in field goal percentage (.472).
  • Seattle made a league-best 14 three-point field goals against New York (5/26).
  • Breanna Stewart is fourth in the WNBA in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and sixth in scoring (18.9 ppg)
  • Jewell Loyd ranks ninth in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg).
  • Sue Bird currently leads the league in assists (6.7 apg).

 

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On Alyssa Thomas’ performance:
“Our team feeds off AT (Alyssa Thomas) and when she’s in attack mode, and when she’s being really aggressive, our team can’t help but follow. And Alyssa, as tired as she was, she did not participate in shoot-around today with a fever, she was going to be a game-time decision with a fever, for her to get out the amount of minutes that she did, just a true warrior. We fed off of her warrior mentality, attacking the basket at the end. Our assist total wasn’t real high compared to the amount of baskets that we made but that shows how hard we were going to the rim.”

 

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center on Thursday, July 13th at 10:30 p.m. ET.