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Sun score over 100 points again, off to best start (4-0) in franchise history

Connecticut’s Alex Bentley had a season-high 20 points as the Sun improved to 4-0 with a win over Chicago Friday night.

CHICAGO, June 2 – The Connecticut Sun continue to score at pace they’ve never achieved in their 16-year history here in Connecticut.

The Sun scored more than 100 points for the third time in four games Friday night a 110-72 victory over the Chicago Sky in WNBA action. The 110 points ties a franchise record for most points in a single game set in 2007 in a game against Los Angeles.

Connecticut improves to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and became just the second team in WNBA history to score 100 points three times in four games. The Phoenix Mercury achieved this feat several times.

Jonquel Jones and Alex Bentley each had a season-high 20 points, leading five Sun players in double figures. Chiney Ogwumike (17 points, seven rebounds), Courtney Williams (15 points) and Alyssa Thomas (10 points, 13 rebounds) also scored in double figures.

Morgan Tuck, who starred at nearby Bolingbrook (Illinois) High School, had a season-high nine points playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends. She scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter as the Sun made 8-of-11 shots over the first 5:06 while outscoring the Sky 17-5.

The Sun scored 33 points off 23 Sky turnovers. Chicago fell to 2-3 on the season.

The Sun were just 1-of-7 from the field to start the game, but made 9 of their last 18 while outscoring the Sky 21-12 over the last six minutes of the quarter to build a 23-19 lead.

Connecticut was still holding a slim 34-31 lead with just over five minutes left in the half when Betnijah Laney’s steal led to an Alyssa Thomas layup. A Laney rebound led to a Jasmine Thomas three-pointer on the next possession, and the Sun were off on a 14-2 run.

Williams led all scorers with 13 points in the half while Alyssa Thomas had seven rebounds for the Sun, who converted 14 Chicago turnovers into 17 first-half points on the way to a 48-35 lead at the break.

NOTES: Connecticut scored 62 points in the second half to set a new franchise record for most points in a half, breaking the old mark of 61 set in 2012 against New York. The Sun had 42 field goals in the contest – one shy of the team record of 43 set against Dallas in 2016.

The Sun return to action on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a game at Washington and it can be seen on the cable network NBC Sports Boston. It’s the second game of a four-game road trip in seven days. The Sun travel to Atlanta on Tuesday (June 5) and close out the road trip with a game in New York on Thursday (June 7).

The Sun return home on Saturday, June 9 when they host the Minnesota Lynx with former UConn star Maya Moore and former Sun guard Lindsay Whalen.

Earlier this week, the Sun announced their local TV package and NBC Sports Boston will air 22 Sun games on cable while WTIC Channel 61 and sister station WCTX Channel 20 will air five Sun games over the air.

NBC Sports Boston will carry 13 home games and seven road games, while FOX 61/CW20 will air five of the Sun’s road games.

The Sun will also be featured on ESPN2 twice at Mohegan Sun Arena (May 24 vs. Los Angeles and June 13 vs. Washington) as well as three times on Twitter (May 20 vs. Las Vegas, August 14 vs. Dallas and August 19 vs. Los Angeles).

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

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