Connecticut Sun (11-8) vs. San Antonio Stars (2-16)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, July 16th, 3:00 p.m. ET
Watch Live on CSN
Last Game: The Connecticut Sun fell 87-77 on the road to the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday, July 13th. The San Antonio Stars won 79-72 over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday, July 12th.
Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg). She posted 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Thursday’s loss to Los Angeles. Alyssa Thomas leads the Sun in assists (5.1 apg), is second in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and third in scoring (13.8 ppg). She had nine points, nine rebounds and six assists against the Sparks. Jasmine Thomas ranks second on the team in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and assists (5.0 apg). She also added 14 points, three rebounds and an assist in the game.
San Antonio – Kayla McBride leads San Antonio in scoring (15.7 ppg), is tied for second in assists (2.3 apg) and third in rebounding (4.4 rpg). She posted 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in Wednesday’s win over Indiana. Alex Montgomery leads the Stars in rebounding (5.4 rpg). She had six points, three rebounds and two assists against the Fever. Isabelle Harrison ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg) and third in scoring (10.5 ppg). She added nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the contest.
- The Connecticut Sun are 2-0 against San Antonio this season.
- The Sun won 85-77 on June 3rd, and then 89-56 over the Stars on July 5th. Both games were played on the road at San Antonio.
- Kayla McBride scored a season-high 27 points against the Sun (6/3).
- Kelsey Plum dished out a career-high seven assists against Connecticut earlier this season (6/3).
- Connecticut has won 11 of their last 15 games.
- The Sun lead the league in three-point percentage (.429) and ranks second in team scoring average (86.4 points per contest).
- Jasmine Thomas tied a season-high with five steals against the Sparks. She currently ranks third in the league in three-point shooting percentage (.463) and sixth in assists (5.0 apg).
- Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 20 points against Los Angeles. This was the sixth time this season she has scored 20 or more points. Through 19 games, she leads the WNBA in rebounding (11.6 rpg) and is seventh in field goal percentage (.541).
- Lynetta Kizer needs just four points to reach 1000 career points.
- Kayla McBride recorded a season-high six assists against the Fever.
- Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 12 points against Indiana.
- Moriah Jefferson ranks third in the league in steals (1.85 spg), seventh in assists (4.5 apg) and ninth in field goal percentage (.527).
- Kayla McBride is fifth in the WNBA in free throw percentage (.922, 71 of 77).
Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller
On the game against Los Angeles:
“Well you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them first and foremost. I thought we missed some assignments in the second and third quarter with a short turn around, we miss some assignments that we prepared for, it’s a tough back to back and I don’t want to use it as an excuse that we were tired, but they really hurt us in those middle quarters and they outscored us 51 to 25. We played really well in the first quarter and showed that we were ready but we ran out of a bit of gas credit to them they’re a championship team and they broke us down, we had some missed assignments and then our shots stopped falling and that put us in transition defense a lot so we just couldn’t get our half-court defense set when we weren’t making shots in those middle quarters.”
Next Game: The Connecticut Sun tip-off against the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. ET.