SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Connecticut Sun closed out a three-game road trip with its second victory away from Mohegan Sun Arena, beating the San Antonio Stars 85-77 on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
Courtney Williams had a career night off the bench, setting new personal highs with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 made field goals on 11 attempts. It was the first WNBA double-double for Williams, a second-year guard out of South Florida.
Forward Alyssa Thomas had a season-high 18 points and tied a career-high with seven assists while Jonquel Jones (14 rebounds, nine points) narrowly missed her third straight double-double.
The Sun (2-5) appeared to be cruising after three quarters, entering the final 10 minutes with a 63-51 lead. But the Stars (0-7) opened the fourth quarter by reeling off nine unanswered points to pull within 63-60 with just under three minutes gone in the fourth quarter.
After a Sun timeout, Thomas scored eight of the next 10 Sun points, helping to push the lead back to 73-64. Soon after that, Jasmine Thomas (13 points, five assists) hit a crucial three-pointer, her third of the game, with 2:51 remaining to push the Sun lead to 78-66.
San Antonio did not cut the deficit under 10 points until the final seconds of the game.
Earlier in the night, Williams provided a much-needed spark, hitting her first six shots from the field while helping the Sun rally from a 27-21 deficit. During a 19-8 Connecticut run, Williams scored 11 of her 15 first-half points while also pulling down two of her seven first-half rebounds as the Sun battled back to take a 40-35 lead at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, with the Sun holding a 48-40 lead, Williams scored a pair of baskets and Jasmine Thomas hit a three-pointer as the two combined for a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to 55-40. Thomas would hit another clutch three-pointer late in the quarter after the Stars had rallied to within 57-49.
For the second game in a row, the Sun were without Morgan Tuck, who is sidelined with a knee contusion. She was not with the team.
The Sun return home to host the Atlanta Dream on June 10th, when they will celebrate Pride Night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Get tickets.