Preview: Connecticut Sun vs. Seattle Storm

Connecticut Sun (6-7) vs. Seattle Storm (6-7)
At Mohegan Sun Arena
Thursday, June 29th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch Live on ESPN 2
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun fell 87-79 at home to the Los Angeles Sparks on June 27th. The Seattle Storm lost 100-70 to the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center on June 27th.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones currently leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (12.2 rpg). She posted 13 points and 17 rebounds in Tuesday’s loss to Los Angeles. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.3 apg) and is second in scoring (13.7 ppg). She had 19 points, three rebounds and three assists against the Sparks. Alyssa Thomas ranks second in both rebounds (6.1 rpg) and assists (4.5 apg) and is third in scoring (13.6 ppg). She added 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in the game.

Seattle – Jewell Loyd leads Seattle in scoring (17.2 ppg) and is second in assists (3.5 apg). She had four points, two rebounds and two assists at Washington. Breanna Stewart leads the Storm in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and is second in scoring (17.1 ppg). She had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists against the Mystics. Crystal Langhorne ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and third in scoring (12.0 ppg). She had 15 points, two rebounds and an assist in the game.

Noteworthy:

  • The Connecticut Sun were 1-2 against Seattle last season.
  • Jasmine Thomas (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), Alyssa Thomas (7.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, two apg) and Morgan Tuck (12 ppg, 2.0 rpg) led the Sun in the three games against the Storm last year.
  • Sue Bird (19 ppg, four rpg, 6.7 apg), Breanna Stewart (16.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, three apg) and Jewell Loyd (18 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg) were the top performers for Seattle in the three games against Connecticut last year.
  • Connecticut leads the league in three-point shooting percentage (.435).
  • Jasmine Thomas has scored in double-figures in six of her last seven games. She ranks fifth in the league in assists (5.3 apg).
  • Courtney Williams had her seventh straight double-figure scoring game, finishing with 14 points.
  • Jonquel Jones leads the WNBA in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and posted her seventh double-double of the season against Los Angeles. She had a career-high 10 offensive rebounds. It was her ninth game this season with 10 or more rebounds and her sixth straight game scoring in double-figures.
  • Alyssa Thomas (13 points, 11 rebounds) recorded her second double-double of the season. She also had a career-high 10 defensive rebounds.
  • Seattle is third in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.467).
  • Breanna Stewart made a career-high five three-point field goals against Connecticut last season (6/24/16). She has scored in double-figures in 10 straight games for the Storm and currently ranks 10th in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.5 rpg).
  • Jewell Loyd is ninth in the WNBA in scoring (17.2 ppg).
  • Sue Bird currently leads the league in assists (7.5 apg).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On the challenge of guarding the Sparks
“They’re really difficult to guard in transition because four people can push the ball in transition. A lot of times, Candace (Parker) will push the ball and so they keep you spread in transition. Part of the problem was we were so inefficient in the paint tonight – shot under 33 percent in the paint – that it always seemed that they were running out against us. If we could have scored better in the paint, we could have gotten our half-court defense set. We didn’t do a bad job in their sets. It was out of system, in transition, that we really struggled. Part of that directly correlates back to having such a tough night around the rim.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun will be back on the road when they tip-off against the Indiana Fever at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, July 1st at 4:00 p.m. ET.