During NESN’s broadcast of the Connecticut Sun’s 77-60 triumph over the Los Angeles Sparks at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, May 13, group president Jen Rizzotti mentioned the value of “urgency.”
The Sun are an excellent group. They understand they are excellent. A league-best 26-6 regular-season record in 2021 verifies their status. Yet, in 2022, the Sun need to be excellent. Hence, the requirement for “urgency” throughout the 36-game routine season.
After a frustrating season launching, Connecticut has actually started to funnel the seriousness required to approach their champion aspirations. Following their triumph over the Sparks, the Sun rattled off 2 more wins, avenging their loss to the New York Liberty prior to dispatching the Indiana Fever, providing a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s rematch with the Fever.
Here are the leading takeaways from Connecticut’s three-straight calls, along with glimpse at the upcoming schedule.
The Sun’s very first half versus the Sparks characterized seriousness. Connecticut won each of the very first 2 quarters by 12 points, leading to a 24-point half time lead that, in spite of an irregular 3rd quarter, enabled the Sun to travel to triumph.
Along with Alyssa Thomas, who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 helps and a take in the very first half, Jonquel Jones drove the Sun’s scintillating start, looking like the ruling MVP she is as she had a near double-double. In the very first half, she scored all of her 16 points while likewise getting 9 boards. Thomas continued her relentless rate in the 2nd half, completing the contest with 25 points and 11 boards, in addition to 5 helps and a take.
Despite the Sparks’ size, Thomas and J. Jones, along with Brionna Jones, discovered much of their success inside, as Connecticut scored nearly 52 percent of their points in the paint. Nineteen overall offending rebounds likewise added to 17 second-chance points.
On a favorable note, Yvonne Anderson, a previous Texas item who belongs to the Serbian nationwide group, made her WNBA launching for the Sun at age 32. In 13 minutes, Anderson appeared like she belonged, scoring her very first pail in the W.
After dropping their opening video game to the Liberty, it is unsurprising that the Sun approached the 2nd contest in between the 2 groups with the requisite seriousness. It was a ruthless, frustrating seriousness.
Approximately midway through the very first quarter, Connecticut started to overwhelm New York. From there, it was all Sun, as they smoked the Liberty on one end and smothered them on the other. Over the last 3 quarters, Connecticut surpassed New York 64-32, scoring 33 points in the 2nd quarter prior to holding NY to 13 points in the 3rd.
DeWanna Bonner, taking the court for the very first time this season, stimulated the Sun’s high-scoring 2nd, signing up 12 of her 16 overall points in the duration. She likewise utilized her length to snag 4 takes throughout the video game, with Alyssa Thomas matching that number. These 8 swipes became part of the Sun’s 16 overall takes, which added to a franchise-record 32 turnovers required and assisted cause 44 points off turnovers.
Courtney Williams, likewise making her season launching, did not fire up, scoring just 4 points on 4 shots, however the returns of Bonner and Williams provided Connecticut their optimum beginning 5 and, perhaps simply as notably, a more powerful bench powered by Brionna Jones, who had 12 points in nearly 23 minutes, and Natisha Hiedeman, who contributed 10 points and 3 takes in less than 15 minutes of action.
The busy and tough Fever declined to enable the Sun to coast to a breezy Friday night triumph, rather needing Connecticut to take part in a four-quarter battle prior to leaving with a third-straight triumph.
Heading into the video game, Indiana stood as the league’s second-poorest shooting group, however on Friday night the Fever discovered their stroke, shooting 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3. Allowing Indy to delight in an effective offending night does not precisely recommend that Connecticut brought the required protective seriousness.
Fortunately, the Sun kipped down an immediate, effective offending efficiency, similarly highlighted by some outlier shooting. Before Friday, the Sun had actually tried 17.3 3s per video game, making a league-worst 30.8 percent of them (5.3 per video game). Then, on Friday night, the Sun shot 57.9 percent from deep, swishing a season-high 11 treys, consisting of 4 game-sealing treys the 4th quarter.
Bonner drained pipes 2 of these late triples, representing half of her 4-of-4 efficiency from behind the arc. For the video game, Bonner had 18 points and 4 helps. The Sun’s other 2 anchors — J. Jones and A. Thomas — likewise had strong efficiencies. J. Jones scored 19 points and got a game-high 8 rebounds. A. Thomas amounted to 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 helps and 3 takes.
Encouragingly, Connecticut’s bench even more showed that it may be the league’s finest. B. Jones, DiJonai Carrington and Hiedeman all scored in double figures, with 11 each for Jones and Carrington and 10 for Hiedeman. Hiedeman likewise had 4 helps and 4 takes. For the season, the Sun’s bench has a net score of 10.3, the leading mark in the WNBA.
What’s turning up for the Sun
The 2nd video game of the home-and-home set in between the Sun and Fever is Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN3) in Indiana. That video game begins a four-game week for Connecticut. The other 3 contests, all at Mohegan Sun Arena, are:
- vs. Dallas on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET (NESN+, League Pass)
- vs. Dallas on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (NESN+, League Pass)
- vs. Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (NESN+, Facebook)
If the Sun continue to have fun with seriousness, all 4 video games definitely are winnable. However, the rigors of this schedule, even without travel, might overtake Connecticut and trigger a slip up or 2.
Be on the watch out for another upgrade about the Sun later on next week!