ATLANTA, Ga., August 15 – The Connecticut Sun played like a team going to the WNBA playoffs and a team that hopes to contend for a league championship. On Tuesday night, the Sun took care of business early in a 96-75 rout of short-handed Atlanta.
Missing former UConn guard Tiffany Hayes – their leading scorer, Atlanta struggled to keep up with Connecticut. The Sun raced out to an early 10-0 lead just 1:43 into the contest and led by as many as 19 points in the first half. In the second half, they led by as many as 31 points as Sun coach Curt Miller cleared the bench.
Connecticut (18-9) had six players in double figures led by Jonquel Jones with 20 points and 13 rebounds in just three quarters of action. Jasmine Thomas had 18 points and four assists while Courtney Williuams scored 12 points. Alyssa Thomas had 10 points and six assists.
Lynetta Kizer and Rachel Banahm had 10 points each off the bench for Connecticut, which won their sixth straight game and for the 12th time in the last 14 games. The Sun had a season-high 28 assists – the third-best performance in a single game in franchise history.
The Sun won in Atlanta for just the fourth time in team history and for the first time since 2015. Atlanta (12-19) was led by Brittney Sykes with 23 points and five assists.
Connecticut returns to action on Friday night when they host former UConn and Sun star Tina Charles and the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena.