Preview: Connecticut Sun vs. Dallas Wings

Connecticut Sun (19-10) vs. Dallas Wings (14-16)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Wednesday, August 23rd, 7:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 94-66 at home over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, August 20th. The Dallas Wings won 90-86 at home over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday August 19th.

Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.5 rpg). She finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in Sunday’s win over Phoenix. Alyssa Thomas leads the Sun in assists (4.9 apg), is second in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and third in scoring (14.3 ppg). She had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists against the Mercury. Jasmine Thomas ranks second on the team in both scoring (14.5 ppg) and assists (4.4 apg), and added 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in the game.

Phoenix – Skylar Diggins-Smith leads Dallas this season in both scoring (18.2 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). She finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists in Saturday’s win over Atlanta. Glory Johnson leads the Wings in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and is second in scoring (14.7 ppg). She had 23 points, 13 rebounds and two assists against the Dream. Allisha Gray ranks second on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg) and third in scoring 13.2 ppg). She added 15 points, three rebounds and an assist in the game.

• With the win over Phoenix, the Sun can finish no lower than a sixth seed, and have guaranteed a home playoff game. Playoff dates, times and seeding have yet to be determined.
• Connecticut is now 11-4 at Mohegan Sun Arena this season.
• The Sun lead the WNBA in scoring average (87.1 points per game) and assists per turnover ratio (1.48).
• Alyssa Thomas recorded her fourth double-double of the season against the Mercury. It was her 10th straight game scoring in double figures (22nd of the season) and 18th game with five or more assists. She also registered a season-high 11 free throw attempts.
• Jones posted her ninth game of the season with 20 or more points, and has now scored in double figures in 25 games on the year. She also leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.5 rpg).
• Jasmine Thomas set a new single-season career-high with 151 made field goals on the season. She also set a single-season career-high in steals (45).
• The Sun grabbed a season-high 37 defensive rebounds in the win. It is the most defensive rebounds the Mercury have given up to an opponent all season.
• Connecticut held Phoenix to just 21 second half points. It was a season-low scoring half for the Mercury, as well as a season-low for points allowed in a half by the Sun to opponents.
• Connecticut is 1-1 against Dallas this season.
• Diggins-Smith’s 11 assists against Atlanta was a season-high. She ranks fourth in the NBA in assists (5.8 apg) and seventh in scoring (18.2 ppg).
• Theresa Plaisance collected a career-high 10 rebounds against the Dream.
• Gray scored a career-high 21 points against the Sun back on August 12th.
• Johnson if fifth in the league in rebounding (9.1 rpg).

Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller:
On the win over Phoenix
“We’re excited about the bounce-back. Obviously, we were disappointed at times with the result of the New York game. But again, I talked about how good that was for us because of how physical they were. So with the exception of a few stretches right from the beginning, and a couple of stretches throughout the 40 minutes, I thought we were the more physical team. I thought we really battled at the point of attack tonight. We got enough stops that turned into transition. Our defense turned into offense tonight and so we got out running and got the game back to where we’re comfortable and really playing up-tempo. We just really wanted to attack them.”

Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the Chicago Sky at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, August 25th at 7 p.n. ET. Get tickets