Sun Win Big Over Lynx

Uncasville — The Connecticut Sun locked up a home playoff game Friday night, rolling to a 96-79 victory over the Minnesota Lynx at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

When the game ended, the Sun (20-13) were guaranteed to be no lower than the sixth seed, which would mean a single-elimination home game on Tuesday. 

But with the Los Angeles Sparks falling to Washington Friday night, the Sun were in position to secure a first-round bye and a home game on Thursday pending the outcome of the late game between Phoenix and Atlanta. A Mercury loss would clinch that bye.  

Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 26 points, tying her career-high with five made threes. She is now 18 of 23 from the field, 9-of-13 from three-point range, averaging 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last two games. 

Alyssa Thomas (18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) had another close call, flirting with her first career triple-double while Courtney Williams (13 points, eight rebounds) and Layshia Clarendon (14 points, five assists) contributed to another big offensive night for Connecticut. 

Minnesota (17-16) was led by Sylvia Fowles (25 points). 

The Sun had 25 assists on 35 made field goals, setting new single-season franchise records in both categories. Connecticut now has 644 assists and 1,112 made field goals. The old franchise marks were 630 assists in 2006 and 1,098 made field goals last year. 

The Sun also posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2011-12 while completed a 3-0 sweep of the defending champion Minnesota Lynx. 

The Sun trailed 46-43 at halftime, but were sparked by Thomas, who had 12 points, five rebounds and two assists while shooting 5-of-6 from the floor in the third quarter as Connecticut opened a 72-67 lead entering the fourth quarter. 

Clarendon, who had her best night in a Sun uniform, started a 9-0 run to begin the fourth quarter with a layup. She also had a pair of free throws while Jones knocked down a a three-pointer.  

It was 81-67 with 6:48 left, and the Lynx did not get closer than 11 the rest of the way. 

The Sun close out the regular season on Sunday at 3 p.m., celebrating Fan Appreciation Day at Mohegan Sun Arena with a game against the Los Angeles Sparks.