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Sun clamp down on Minnesota for fifth straight win and best record in WNBA

MINNEAPOLIS, June 14 – Three Connecticut players scored 16 points each and the Sun limited the Minnesota Lynx to just 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Sun beat Minnesota, 85-81 for their fifth straight win on Friday night.

Jonquel Jones had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Connecticut, which improved its league-best record to 7-1, while Alyssa Thomas and Shekinna Stricklen each had 16 points for the Sun. Jones leads the league with 12.1 rebounds a game.

Thomas made 7-of-10 shots from the field. Rachel Banham, the University of Minnesota graduate playing in her home state, added a season-high 10 points for Connecticut.

Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas scored 16 points in Friday night’s win over Minnesota.

The Sun had a 10-point lead with 3:03 left in the game before the Lynx cut the lead to four points with 1:14 but could get no closer. Minnesota slips to 4-4 on the year and has lost five straight games to the Sun.

Odyssey Sims led the way for the Lynx with a game-high 25 points while Sylvia Fowles added 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Former UConn star Napheesa Collier scored 10 for Minnesota.

The Sun host Seattle on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

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