The Connecticut Sun secured a home court victory over the Las Vegas Aces, 74-67, Tuesday night. The Sun climb to 7-2 and the Aces fall to 5-3 on the season. The Sun are currently up 2-0 in the series over the Aces and are undefeated at home this season (4-0).
The Sun ended the first quarter up 19-14. The Aces scored first but the Sun came back with eight unanswered to go up 8-2. Las Vegas’s Dearica Hamby scored a pair to bring the Aces within five (17-14). However, Natisha Hiedeman ended the quarter with a buzzer beater to top it off at 19-14.
Connecticut didn’t see its first basket until Brionna Jones connected with a floater at the 6:38 minute mark. Las Vegas took the 22-21 lead with a bucket from Liz Cambage. The Sun went on a 7-0 run of their own to go up, 29-22. Las Vegas continued to chip away but it was the Sun who finished the half on top, 33-30.
The Aces and Sun continued to battle in the third, but it was Connecticut who would end the quarter ahead, 52-48. Las Vegas came out of the fourth quarter hot with six unanswered points to take a 54-52 lead. However, it was the duo of Brionna Jones and Jonquel Jones who secured the 74-67 victory for the Sun. This pair finished out the run with eight and seven points, respectively.
Connecticut had four players reach double-figures for the sixth time this season.
DeWanna Bonner reached another milestone and collected her 800th career assist with 2:46 to go in the first quarter. Bonner finished with six points, eight rebounds and five assists totaling 805 career assists.
Jonquel Jones notched her 9th consecutive double-figure game and led the team with 23 points.
Hiedeman came off the bench and added 7 points. Brionna Jones finished with 14 points. Both Jasmine Thomas and Briann January collected 11 points each. January pulled down two rebounds, which puts her five away from her 600th career total.
Liz Cambage finished with a season-high 28 points and seven rebounds.
Chelsea Grey and A’ja Wilson ended tonight’s contest with 14 and 10 points apiece. Gray also tied her season high with five rebounds.
Connecticut outrebounded Las Vegas 34-29. The Sun also tied their season high from the charity stripe with 22 compared to the Aces 11. Las Vegas outscored the Sun in the paint (40-28) though the Sun had more second chance opportunities (16-4).