The Sun seeds will look to finish strong as they host New York Liberty to start a two-game homestand to close out the regular season Wednesday night in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Connecticut (24-6) nabbed the No.1 seed in the WNBA playoffs after a 76-67 victory in Phoenix on Saturday. The Sun have won the league’s 12 best regular-season games and haven’t lost since a 79-57 loss to Seattle in the Commissioner’s Cup on August 12.
The 12-game winning streak matches the team’s all-time record set in 2006. They will have the opportunity to make franchise history with another win on Wednesday night.
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Jasmine Thomas paced the Sun with a record 17 points, while DeWanna Bonner scored 16 against her former team. MVP contender Jonquel Jones contributed 12 points and 16 tables for Connecticut, which ended Mercury’s 10-game winning streak.
“Securing the No.1 seed is just a credit for these players who continue to prepare and then for the tenacity with which they play every night,” said Connecticut coach Curt Miller.
Additionally, double All-Star Alyssa Thomas is listed as probable and could make her season debut for the Sun. Alyssa Thomas tore her Achilles tendon in January while playing abroad in the Czech Republic.
New York (11-19) faces an uphill battle to advance to the playoffs as it enters the game 10th in the league standings. The Liberties are tied with Los Angeles, with the two trailing Washington in eighth place by a last-place playoff game.
Sabrina Ionescu’s shot in the dying seconds was blocked, which cost Liberty in their 77-76 loss to Dallas last Saturday. The loss was New York League’s seventh worst before the last two crucial games against the playoff contenders.
“We’ve been working on it the last two games, staying together, and we’re still working on it,” said Liberty forward Natasha Howard, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Wings. “When we put it all together then we do what we need to do and come out with a win.”
After the Liberty game in Connecticut, New York returns home to host the Mystics on Friday in a game that could potentially decide the eighth seed.
New York has lost both games to Connecticut this season, losing 85-64 away on June 5 and 71-54 at home on July 11.