Connecticut Sun (13-9) vs. Indiana Fever (8-15)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Sunday, July 30th, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 93-72 at home over the Chicago Sky on July 25th. The Sun’s scheduled game at Washington on Friday, July 28th was postponed. The Indiana Fever fell 85-84 at home to the New York Liberty on July 28th.
Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.2 rpg). She posted 12 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Chicago. Jasmine Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.0 apg) and ranks second in scoring (14.7 ppg). She had 17 points, eight assists and three steals against the Sky. Alyssa Thomas is second on the team in both rebounds (6.4 rpg) and assists (4.8 apg), and third in scoring (13.9 ppg). She added 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the game.
Indiana – Candice Dupree leads Indiana this season in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg). She posted 14 points, two rebounds and an assist in Friday’s loss to New York. Briann January leads the Fever in assists (3.8 apg). She had eight points, six assists and three steals against the Liberty. Tiffany Mitchell is fourth on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and added 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in the game.
· The Connecticut Sun are 1-1 against Indiana this season.
· Indiana won 81-79 at home over the Sun back on May 20th. Connecticut evened the series with a 91-85 win over the Fever on July 1st.
· The Sun have won six of their last seven games at home after starting the year 0-2 at Mohegan Sun.
· Connecticut set new season-highs in assists (27) and steals (14) in the win over Chicago.
· Jonquel Jones leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.534).
· Jasmine Thomas ranks fifth in the league in assists (5.0 apg).
· Alyssa Thomas finished with 20 points for the second time this season against the Sky.
· Courtney Williams has scored in double-figures in six of her last seven games.
· Jonquel Jones recorded her 12th double-double of the season against Chicago.
· Indiana is winless this season in games where the score less than 80 points.
· The Fever are second in the WNBA in free throw percentage (.858) (376-438).
· Candice Dupree recorded her 19th game of the season in double-figure scoring against New York.
· Erica Wheeler now has four games with seven or more assists after dishing out seven against the Liberty.
· Shenise Johnson ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (.950).
· Indiana allows the third highest scoring average to their opponents (83.9 points per game).
Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On the overall game against Chicago
“It’s an important win for us. Trying to keep momentum that we built before the All-Star Break. I don’t think at times we played Sun basketball. I think it was a pretty ugly game in stretches, both ways. Proud of the intensity, the fight that we had. We competed in the second half and showed more of Sun basketball. I thought we got, throughout the game, a lot of contributions from a variety of people. I loved when Jas Thomas played angry in the second half, it really helped us. AT’s (Alyssa Thomas) plus/minus was huge. We were great on the boards. Courtney scored when we were struggling to score. I thought Danielle Adams’ minutes in the first half were important. In the second half, Lynetta Kizer gave us a presence and a defensive presence. I can’t speak enough about the little things that Alex Bentley did while she was on the floor. She truly guarded some of their players as well as anyone I’ve seen on tape over the last six games. So, Bentley was a huge piece of that puzzle. So team win, not always pretty but we got the Sun basketball when we needed it. That’s a team 4 times of the last 6 games over 90 and until that last basket went in they were in the 60’s. So, proud that we contributed to some of their offensive struggles tonight.”
Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the Phoenix Mercury at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Get tickets.