Uncasville – The Connecticut Sun made history Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, completing the biggest comeback in franchise history during a 96-92 win over the Washington Mystics.
The Sun (10-7) trailed by 22 with 5:04 left in the third quarter before rallying for its ninth win in 11 games behind a combined 26 second-half points from Jonquel Jones (22 points, nine rebounds) and Alyssa Thomas (19 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals).
The previous biggest comeback Sun history was 19 in an 82-77 win over the Phoenix Mercury back on July 8, 2006. The 22-point second half comeback was tied for the second largest in WNBA history.
“You know I’m so proud of the team tonight,” Coach Curt Miller said. “That’s a huge win, and in the manner that it happened is pretty incredible. The thing that I’m most pleased about is that they stuck together, they didn’t panic. We didn’t have to change a lot of basketball Xs or Os while we made subtle adjustments. They kept believing and we kept attacking.”
Down 75-53, Connecticut sliced into the Washington (10-8) lead with a 10-0 run that including four points from Jones, a three-point play from Jasmine Thomas (15 points, two assists) and a three-pointer from Shekinna Stricklen (12 points on four made threes).
By the end of the third quarter, another Stricklen three pulled the Sun within 81-73.
The Sun kept coming in the last quarter as scores by Lynetta Kizer, Courtney Williams (12 points, five rebounds) and Alex Bentley (eight points, three rebounds, three assists) moved the Sun within 81-79.
Connecticut did not tie the game until 4:32 remained on an Alyssa Thomas basket. That was the first of four ties, with the Mystics regaining the lead each time. Finally, the Sun moved ahead on an Alyssa Thomas basket that made it 94-92 with 36.4 seconds left.
Free throws by Williams and Jones in the closing seconds clinched the win.
Elena Delle Donne led the Mystics with 28 points while Kristi Toliver had 17 points and seven assists.
Connecticut travels to Seattle to face the Storm on Wednesday, July 12th.