New York – Jasmine Thomas had a career-high 23 points and Jonquel Jones added 21 as the Connecticut Sun defeated the New York Liberty 94-89 on Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. It was the first victory for the Sun in New York since June 13, 2014.
The Sun (6-5) led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but the Liberty (7-5) stormed back to tie the game at 86-86 with 1:06 to play. Courtney Williams made a jumper to put the Sun back up by two and Jasmine Thomas then sank a three to give Connecticut a five point advantage with 24.4 seconds to play. Shekinna Stricklen and Jones sank free throws in the final seconds to ice the victory for the Sun.
It was the fifth consecutive win for the Sun. Williams had 14 points, six of which came in the final two minutes of play, to go along with six rebounds. Alyssa Thomas added 12 points along with eight assists and eight rebounds for Connecticut and Stricklen had 13, including four made threes.
Connecticut was 12-of-24 from the three-point line. The 12 made threes were a season-high and the tied for the fifth highest total in franchise history.
The Sun led 26-18 at the end of the first quarter, taking control on a 12-3 run. Jasmine Thomas had eight points in that frame and the Sun were 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Connecticut stayed in control throughout the second quarter, leading by as many as 18. It was 46-32 Sun at halftime.
The Liberty cut the lead to just seven with 7:24 to play in the third, but the Sun went on an 18-7 run to increase the lead to 20 with 2:20 left in the quarter. Jones had seven points during that run, including two big offensive rebounds and putbacks.
Trailing by 14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Liberty battled back to tie the game with 1:06 remaining in play. Tina Charles had 11 points during the fourth quarter comeback for the Liberty.
It was the second-consecutive game in which Jasmine Thomas scored 20 or more points, following a 20 point performance at Minnesota. She also had five assists. Jones, the WNBA rebounding leader, was held to just seven in the contest. It was her third single-digit rebounding total in 11 games.
The Sun return to action on Sunday when they travel to Dallas to play the Wings. Game time is 4:30 ET and the game can be watched live on CSN.
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