Uncasville – Jasmine Thomas led the way with 15 points, but that was not enough as the Connecticut Sun dropped an 82-70 decision to the New York Liberty on Friday night.
Thomas scored her 2,000th career point for the Sun (18-10). The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Connecticut, which had also reeled off eight straight victories at home.
Tina Charles led New York (16-12) with 24 points.
Plagued by foul trouble, Jonquel Jones (11 points, nine rebounds) fell one rebound short of her eighth straight double-double. Shekinna Stricklen had 12 points while Alyssa Thomas rebounds, had 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Connecticut led by as much as 10 points when a Morgan Tuck layup made it 20-10 with one minute left in the first quarter.
But from that point until there was four minutes left in the second quarter, the Liberty outscored the Sun 27-8 while building a 37-28 lead. New York led by as much as 42-29 with 2:45 left in the half, but the Sun cut the deficit to 45-41 at halftime.
The game remained close at the end of three quarters, and the Sun were down just 60-57 in the first minute of the fourth quarter. But a 20-6 New York over the next six minutes allowed the Liberty to pull away for the win.
Connecticut returns to action Sunday, hosting the Phoenix Mercury at 3 p.m. This will be the start of the food drive challenge the Sun is staging with the Mercury. Bins will be set up on the Mohegan Sun Arena concourse and fans are asked to bring canned goods or non-perishables for donation. It is also Connecticut’s second Rock The Pink game and all fans are encouraged to wear pink. Need tickets?