Hot Takes: The Sun Keeps Shining

Round Numbers
Last Thursday at New York, Jasmine Thomas needed eight assists to reach 800 for her career. She got exactly that. Her last assist set up the first game-winning four-point play in WNBA history when Shekinna Stricklen made a three as she was fouled. Thomas became the 46th player in WNBA history to reach 800 assists. Then on Saturday against Minnesota, Chiney Ogwumike needed 11 points to reach 1,000 for her career. She got exactly 11. She became the 199th player in WNBA history to score 1,000 points.

A Rare Sighting
Shekinna Stricklen’s game-winning four-point play made history in the WNBA, but it is almost as uncommon in the NBA. In fact, the last time it happened in an NBA game was on November 3, 2012, when Ray Allen did it to help the Heat beat the Denver Nuggets, 119-116.

A Singular Achievement
Forward Alyssa Thomas had her streak of seven straight games scoring in double figures end against Minnesota Saturday, when she was held to seven points. Last year, she had a streak of 14 straight double-figure scoring games end when she was held to nine points in the last game of the season at Los Angeles (9/3). Another nine-point game at Los Angeles on June 13 ended a 12-game streak of double-figure scoring games. So basically, with five more points spread out over three games, Thomas would be working on a 36-game streak.