WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3 – Jasmine Thomas scored a season-high 25 points and drained four 3-point shots to help the Connecticut Sun win their fifth straight game with an 88-64 WNBA win over the Washington Mystics Sunday.
With the victory, the Sun are off to the best start in franchise history (5-0) and they have won the first two games of a week-long, four-game road trip.
The Sun led from start to finish but Washington cut the lead to two, 37-35 with 3:14 remaining the second quarter. But Connecticut responded with a 12-0 run to close out the half, started by Thomas with a three-point shot off a dish from Chiney Ogwumike. The Mystics missed their next four shots and Connecticut got the rebound each time.
Ogwumike hit a jumper and a three-point play, Alyssa Thomas scored with a jump shot and Courtney Williams hit a pullup jumper with nine seconds remaining for a 49-35 lead at halftime. Connecticut pulled away with a 22-2 run in the third quarter and led by as many as 27 points, 74-47.
Alex Bentley came off the bench to score 25 points while Ogwumike scored 11 and pulled down nine rebounds. Williams had a team-high 10 rebounds while Alyssa Thomas scored 10 points. Shekinna Stricklen drained a pair of three-point shots along with Bentley.
Connecticut, the league’s highest scoring team averaging 99.8 points coming into the game, sank 10-of-26 shots from three-point range and had a huge 45-31 edge in rebounds.
Washington (5-3), who was playing without All-Star forward Elena Della Donne (illness), was the third best scoring team in the league coming into the game (84.7 points). But the Sun held them to just 64 points and just three of three-point shots. The Mystics have lost three of their last four games.
Connecticut heads to Atlanta to face the Dream on Tuesday.
NOTES: The longest winning streak to open a WNBA season is 13 games set by Minnesota in 2016. The Sparks won their first 11 games in 2016 and the Lynx won their first 10 games in 2012. … Alyssa Thomas (9.8 rebounds) is third in the WNBA in rebounding. … There are no Sun players in the top 10 in terms of scoring average.