The Connecticut Sun took a major step on Saturday in establishing themselves as the team to beat in the 2018 rendition of the WNBA.
Fresh off Shekinna Stricklen’s buzzer-beating three that lifted the Sun to a miraculous come-from-behind victory at the New York Liberty, the Sun rode that momentum from Westchester back to Uncasville by way of an 89-75 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.
With the Lynx having defeated the Washington Mystics on the road previously, the Lynx-Sun contest at Mohegan Sun Arena would have been looked at as a key indication of where both teams stood at this point in the season.
Connecticut’s victory now gives them wins at home over both WNBA Finals participants in the early going this season. A big reason for the Sun’s victory was Courtney Williams who finished her game with 22 points.
Aiding the Sun’s cause was the 18-point outing of Jasmine Thomas who also dished out four assists. Alyssa Thomas and Chiney Ogwumike each pulled 11 rebounds as Ogwumike did so while also scoring 11 points. Speaking of Stricklen, she too tallied 11 points off the bench.
Outside of Sylvia Fowles’ 20 points and 14 rebounds along with Maya Moore’s 17 points, the Lynx were kept heavily in check by Connecticut’s defense. No other Lynx player outside of Cecilia Zandalasini had more than nine points.
Next up for Minnesota is a week off – then returning to action at home to take on the New York Liberty. Connecticut takes to the court next on Wednesday night as they await the Mystics.