St. Paul, Minn. – Jasmine Thomas and Alyssa Thomas each had season-highs of 20 points to lead six players in double-figures as the Connecticut Sun handed the Minnesota Lynx their first loss of the season, 98-93, on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
Leading by eight with 1:35 to play, the Sun (5-5) held on despite five points from Maya Moore in the closing minutes. Jonquel Jones, who finished with 16 points on 6-of-7 from the field, sank two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to ice the victory for the Sun.
It was the fourth consecutive win for Connecticut and the first loss on the year for the Lynx (9-1). The Sun shot a season-best 55.4% (41-of-74) from the field in the win.
In addition to her new season-best, Alyssa Thomas scored her 1,000th career point on a running layup with 6:21 remaining in the second quarter. She also dished out a career-best eight assists while grabbing eight rebounds.
The game had 11 ties and 19 lead changes, 10 of which came in the third quarter alone. The two teams were deadlocked at 22 at the end of the first quarter, and the Sun trailed by just two, 47-45 at the end of the first half.
The third quarter started with a 10-4 run by the Lynx, but the Sun followed that with an 11-3 run to tie the game at 60 with four minutes remaining. The rest of the quarter was back and forth with Minnesota holding a slim 75-74 lead heading into the fourth.
Connecticut opened the final frame with a 16-5 run to take a 90-82 lead with 5:07 to play. Alyssa Thomas had six points during that run.
Rachel Banham finished with a season-best 11 points for the second consecutive game, while Courtney Williams had 12 and Shekinna Stricklen added 13 for the Sun.
Connecticut had a season-high 26 assists while also making a season-best 10 three-pointers for the third time this season.
Moore led the Lynx with 22 points while Renee Montgomery had 17 off the bench.
The Sun return to action next Friday, June 23rd, when they travel to New York to take on the Liberty. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
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