Preview: Connecticut Sun vs. Los Angeles Sparks

Connecticut Sun (1-0) vs. Los Angeles Sparks (2-0)
At Mohegan Sun Arena|
Thursday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Watch live on ESPN 2
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun topped the Las Vegas Aces 101-65 in their home opener at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, May 20th. The Los Angeles Sparks won 87-70 on the road over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Alyssa Thomas recorded 13 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and six assists in the win over Las Vegas. Alex Bentley led the Sun in scoring with 18 points along with five assists, three steals and one rebound off the bench. Jasmine Thomas also added 12 points and six assists in the game.

Los Angeles – Through the first two games, Nneka Ogwumike leads Los Angeles in scoring (22.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg). Chelsea Gray leads the Sparks in assists (8.0 apg) and steals (3.5 spg), is second in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and third in scoring (15.0 ppg). Odyssey Sims ranks second on the team in scoring (19.0 ppg).

Noteworthy:

  • Connecticut has not beaten Los Angeles at Mohegan Sun Arena since June 26, 2015. Since then, the Sparks have won the last six straight meetings with the Sun.
  • The Sun’s 36-point margin of victory over Las Vegas ranks second in franchise history and as the largest opening day margin of victory in WNBA history.
  • Every Sun player scored as Connecticut piled up 27 assists on 37 made field goals against Las Vegas. The Sun were 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from three-point range.
  • Alyssa Thomas recorded her first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against the Aces.
  • Bentley (18 points) posted her highest scoring effort since August 30, 2016, when she dropped 21 points against San Antonio.
  • Sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike will faceoff for the first time since 2016. Chiney Ogwumike missed the 2017 season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.
  • Thursday’s contest will showcase four eras of Duke Alumni with Alana Beard (2004), Jasmine Thomas (2011), Gray (2014) and Lexie Brown (2018).
  • Nneka Ogwumike posted her first double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds against the Fever. It was her second straight game scoring in double figures. She currently shares the league-lead in scoring average (22.0 ppg) with Seattle’s Breanna Stewart.
  • Gray has recorded back-to-back games with eight assists. She also collected a career-high six steals in the win over Minnesota (5/20).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller:
On the Sun’s guard performance and depth
“Well, they combined for 30 points tonight between Jasmine (Thomas) and Alex (Bentley), and obviously they played together some, but we had a really nice night at the point guard position. They were efficient, they led, they got us into things, but they were both also in attack mode. It was a really good start for both of them. I haven’t been shy with my comments that Alex Bentley may have been the best player in our camp when she arrived, I’m really happy for her. She had bounce, seems a tad quicker and she’s in great shape. If she can keep that mentality if we kept that rotation, it’d be hard to argue that she couldn’t be the sixth man of the year in this league if she can keep it up. It’s just the first day out, we can’t get ahead of ourselves, but we’re really excited about that three-headed monster with Jas, Courtney and Alex if you can keep two very talented little guards on the floor at all times.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun will host the Indiana Fever at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. ET.