Uncasville – Courtney Williams scored a career-high 34 points as the Connecticut Sun rallied from a 30-point deficit before eventually falling 95-91 to the Washington Mystics Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The 34 points were the most scored in regulation in the history of the franchise. Pee Wee Johnson had 35 points against Cleveland in a triple overtime game back on June 8, 2002, when the team was still located in Orlando. Williams set a franchise record with 15 made field goals.
The Sun (7-2) tied a WNBA record for the largest deficit ever overcome to regain a lead in a WNBA game. Ironically, the record was originally set by Connecticut on August 3, 2010, when it rallied from 30 points down to take a lead in overtime at Minnesota in a game it eventually lost 111-103.
Elena Delle Donne led the Mystics (6-4) with 36 points, tied for the second most by a Sun opponent in franchise history. Kristi Toliver added 25, including a huge three-pointer with 58 seconds left. She clinched the win with a pair of free throws.
Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and 13 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes for the Sun. Jasmine Thomas had 13 points and five assists.
The Sun trailed by as much as 61-31 with 1:43 left in the first half, and were down 65-37 at halftime. The 65 points were the most scored in a half by a Sun opponent in franchise history.
Connecticut exploded in the third quarter, outscoring the Mystics 30-8 to rally within 73-67 as Williams poured in 16 points. Connecticut took its first lead of the game at 77-76 on a Williams jumper with 6:58 left in regulation.
Connecticut led by as much as three, 79-76, after a pair of free throws by Shekinna Stricklen with 6:32 left. At that point, the Sun had outscored Washington 42-11.
But Delle Donne scored five straight points. Connecticut surged again to take its last lead on an Ogwumike putback that made it 87-86 with 1:15 left.
But Toliver hit a three-pointer and the Mystics hung on.
The Sun travel to Seattle to face the Storm on Friday night at 10 p.m. EST.