Brionna Jones had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and Connecticut beat the Dallas Wings 83-56 on Tuesday night for the Sun’s 10th win in a row.
Connecticut (22-6) played frenetic and smothering defence, led by Briann January who helped limit the Wings to 27 per cent shooting from the field. The Sun moved two games ahead of Las Vegas in the standings.
Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale finished with eight points on 2-of-17 shooting. The No. 5 overall pick in the 2019, Ogunbowale had her string of 65 consecutive games scoring 10-plus points — the fifth longest streak of its kind in WNBA history — snapped.
The Sun never trailed, used an 11-0 run to take a 25-8 lead late in the first quarter and led by as many as 33 points.
Marina Mabrey led the Wings (12-17) with 16 points. Dallas is fighting for one of the final two playoff spots.
January and Natisha Hiedeman had 13 points apiece for Connecticut and Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner each scored 11. Jonquel Jones seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
Storm crush Mystics
Jewell Loyd scored 20 points, Sue Bird added 14 points and seven assists and the Seattle Storm cruised to a 105-71 win over the Washington Mystics.
The Storm (20-10) moved into third place in the playoff race with two games to play. Seattle raced out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, hitting eight 3-pointers. Bird made all four of her attempts from behind the arc in the quarter.
Seattle kept it going and Katie Lou Samuelson was fouled as she hit a 3 in transition and converted the 4-point play to give Seattle a 67-45 lead with 6:28 left in the third quarter. Moments later Breanna Stewart gingerly walked to the locker room and did not return to action.
The Storm played swarming defence throughout, regularly trapping Tina Charles — who went into the game averaging a WNBA-leading 24.8 points per game. Charles finished with four points on 1-of-6 shooting with three turnovers.
Washington’s Elena Delle Donne missed her fourth consecutive game (back). The two-time WNBA MVP returned from a nearly-two year absence on Aug. 22 — an 85-78 loss to Seattle — and played just three games.
Shavonte Zellous hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for Washington (10-18), which fell a half-game behind New York for the final playoff spot.
Seattle shot 59.1 per cent from the field and made 14 3s, both season highs.