St. Paul, Minnesota – Trailing by nine points with under two minutes remaining, the Connecticut Sun nearly pulled out a wild comeback against the Minnesota Lynx.
In the end, the clock ran out on the Sun (0-3), who dropped an 80-78 heartbreaker to the undefeated Lynx (4-0) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Jasmine Thomas led the way with 18 points, hitting a career-best five three-pointers. Jonquel Jones had 16 points and six rebounds while Morgan Tuck (12 points, 10 rebounds) set a new career-high for rebounds while collecting her first WNBA double-double.
Down 78-69 with 1:59 left after a Lindsay Whalen layup, the Sun looked finished. But Connecticut strung together six unanswered points to get within 78-75, then pulled within 80-78 when Tuck hit a three-pointer with 19.8 seconds left.
The Sun then fouled Whalen, who missed both free throws. Connecticut had the ball with 18.6 seconds left.
That was as close as it got. Jones was tied up for a jump ball with 2.2 seconds remaining. The Ensuing jump ball ended up in the hands of Thomas, but she did not have time to get off the potential game-winning three.
Minnesota (4-0) was led by center Sylvia Fowles (21 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks) while Seimone Augustus had 16 points.
The Sun led by as many as nine points earlier in the game, and were still up 46-41 when Danielle Adams hit a three-pointer with 5:43 left in the third quarter. But Minnesota responded with a 26-8 run capped by a three-pointer by Renee Montgomery with 8:54 left in the game to make it 67-54.The Sun kept pressing, however, rallying to within 69-64 with a 10-2 run that included a difficult baseline jumper from Thomas and a string of forced turnovers.
Minnesota pushed the lead back to nine with two minutes left, setting up the final Sun rally.
The Sun host Minnesota again on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at 7 p.m.