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Sun stop Indiana for third straight win

UNCASVILLE, May 20, 2022 – Jonquel Jones scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to their third straight win with a 94-85 win over Indiana Fever in WNBA action at the Mohegan Sun Arena before 4,428 fans.

The Sun (3-1) won their third straight game after dropping their season opener to the New York Liberty. Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (2-5) with a game-high 23 points and five assists.

As usual, Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas made things happen with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Dewanna Bonner scored 18 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range. The Sun drained a season-high 11 three-point shots in the win.

DiJonai Harrington had 11 points off the bench for the Sun while Brionna Jones added 11 and Natisha Heideman had 10.  “Our bench did a great job giving us a spark,” Jonquel Jones said. “That is what we will need this season.”

“I am proud that we found a way to win,” Sun coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “We knew that as we think and play with lineups we’ve barely practiced with that offensively it could be a grind. We shot the ball well from the three point line  but we struggled inside the arc.

“Our bench really energized us,” he added. “Their effort was outstanding and a big piece of the puzzle for us.”

Connecticut faces Indiana in the second game of this home-and-home series on Sunday when they face the Fever at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.

Connecticut 94, Indiana 85
At Uncasville
Indiana (85) Engsler 4-0-8, Egbo 2-0-4, Robinson 5-0-10, Mitchell 9-3-23, Vivians 6-2-15, , Smith 2-3-9, Coates 1-0-2, Mitcheill 1-2-4, Handerson 3-1-7, Hull 1-0-3.
Connecticut (94) Bonner 6-2-18, A. Thomas 5-7-17, J. Jones 7-3-19, J. Thomas 2-0-6, Williams 1-0-2, Holmes 0-0-0, B. Jones 3-5-11, Heideman 3-2-10, Carrington 4-2-11. Totals 31-21-94
Indiana (2-5)              19  16  16  34  — 85
Connecticut (3-1)       16  21  26  31  — 94
Three-point goals: Connecticut – Bonner 4, J. Jones 2, J. Thomas 2, Heideman 2, Carrington; Indiana – Mitchell 2, Vivians, Smith 2, Hull

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