Sun Defeat Lynx 89-75

Uncasville — Courtney Williams scored 22 points while Jasmine Thomas had 18 as the Connecticut Sun beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 89-75 at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.

Williams led five players in double figures as the Sun improved to 7-1, matching their best start since 2015.

In a game that featured seven lead changes and 10 ties, the Sun used a 19-8 run over the last five minutes of the third quarter to turn a 52-48 deficit into a 67-56 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Shekinna Stricklen (11 points) had a pair of long threes to help turn the momentum.

In the fourth quarter, Minnesota (3-6) would get as close as seven points twice — the last time was 74-67 with 6:31 left — before an Ogwumike putback sparked a 9-0 Sun run that locked up the win.

Ogwumike had a block and three rebounds during that stretch while Jonquel Jones (10 points) hit a clutch three. Alyssa Thomas (seven points, 11 rebounds) also had a steal, a rebound and a jumper while Williams capped the run with a 12 footer.

Sylvia Fowles led Minnesota with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Maya Moore had 17 points.

Williams had the hot hand early, making 5-of-7 shots for 10 points in the first quarter, which ended with the game tied at 20. Williams and Jasmine Thomas combined for 28 first-half points as the Sun built a 44-38 lead at the break.

Minnesota asserted itself to start the third, outscoring the Sun 14-4 in the first five minutes before the Sun responded with the 19-8 run.

Connecticut is now 4-0 at home this season. The Sun will host the Washington Mystics on June 13 at 7 p.m.