Connecticut Sun (20-10) vs. Chicago Sky (11-18)
Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, August 25th, 7:00 p.m. ET
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Last Game: The Connecticut Sun won 93-87 at home over the Dallas Wings on Wednesday, August 23rd. The Chicago Sky fell 103-66 at home to the Seattle Storm on Sunday, August 20th.
Players to Watch: Connecticut – Jonquel Jones leads Connecticut this season in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg). She finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over Dallas. Alyssa Thomas leads the Sun in assists (4.9 apg), ranks second in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and is tied for second in scoring (14.6 ppg). She had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists against the Wings. Jasmine Thomas is second on the team in assists (4.4 apg) and is tied for second in scoring (14.6 ppg). She added 17 points and four assists in the game.
Chicago – Allie Quigley leads Chicago in scoring (17.0 ppg) and is third in assists (3.7 apg). She finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists in Sunday’s loss to Seattle. Jessica Breland leads the Sky in rebounding (6.5 rpg). She had four points, nine rebounds and four blocks against the Storm. Courtney Vandersloot leads the team in assists (8.0 apg) and ranks third in scoring (11.6 ppg). She added seven points and six assists in the game.
• Connecticut looks to complete the season series sweep over Chicago after winning 97-79 on May 28th and then 93-72 on July 25th in the first two meetings between the teams.
• The Sun collected a season-high 50 rebounds earlier this season against the Sky (5/28).
• Jones pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds against Chicago (5/28). With a team-high 23 points in the game, it was her first 20-point, 20-rebound game, and second game of her career with 20 or more rebounds.
• Courtney Williams dished out a career-high six assists against the Sky (7/25).
• With Wednesday’s win over Dallas, the Sun now have 20 wins in a season for the first time since 2012 when the team went 21-13 and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
• Connecticut leads the league in scoring average (87.3 points per game), and ranks second in three-point percentage (.369) and rebounding (36.40 per game).
• The Sun out-rebounded the Wings 41-35 in the game. It is the second straight game (10th of the season) that the Sun have collected 40 or more rebounds, and they are now 8-2 in those games.
• Jones recorded her 18th double-double and 14th straight game of the season in double-figure scoring. It was her 10th game with 20 or more points. She currently leads the league in rebounding (11.7 rpg).
• Alyssa Thomas’ 23 points against Dallas was a season-high. It was her fourth game of the season with 20 or more points, and she has now finished in double-figure scoring in 11 straight games (24 on the season).
• Shekinna Stricklen (14 points) became just the fourth player in franchise history to make 60 or more shots from behind the arc in a single season (62) with three against Dallas.
• Chicago leads the league in three-point percentage (.373) and assists (20.69 per game).
• Quigley ranks ninth in the WNBA in scoring (17.0 ppg).
• Vandersloot leads the league in assists (8.0 apg).
Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller:
On the win over Dallas
“That was gritty. I didn’t know what to expect tonight with Dallas really motivated after the suspension of Glory (Johnson). They have played only one time in the last 11 days and we are playing our fourth game in nine days. Those are the games in the WNBA that you typically do not find a way to the finish line. I felt at times we looked tired and we didn’t move them, we settled. We couldn’t do some of things we wanted to do, but you have to give Dallas credit. That is gritty to win your fourth game in nine days against a team that played once in 11 days. That is a huge win to get to 20 wins. If my math is correct, it secures us no worse than fifth, and we are still in the dog fight to try to get into that top four. Exciting win, but we have another quick turn-around to get ready for Chicago.”
Next Game: The Connecticut Sun will be back on the road when they tip-off against the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena on Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET. For more info, visit www.connecticutsun.com.