Washington falls after leading by 22
It took a stunning comeback for the Connecticut Sun to win a fourth straight game and move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Down 22 points midway through the third quarter, the Sun rallied to beat the Washington Mystics, 96-92, on Saturday night in Uncasville, Conn.
Jonquel Jones (Riverdale Baptist, GW) scored 22 points and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) hit the go-ahead jumper with 36 seconds left. The Sun (10-7) then got two defensive stops to pull out the win.
“We have a lot of heart. This team never quits, and it’s just a lot of fun out there,” Thomas said. “Most teams would have gave up down 22, but we just came together even closer.”
The rally from 22 down was two points short of the WNBA record for a second-half comeback set by Washington in 2011 against Los Angeles.
The Mystics (10-8) led 75-53 with 5:03 left in the third. Jones’s layup sparked a 20-6 Sun run to close the quarter and cut the deficit to eight.
“The game changed in the third quarter when they were allowed to hold and grab and get away with a lot of that stuff,” Washington Coach Mike Thibault said.
It’s the second time on this road trip that the Mystics blew a big lead. They were up 17 points at Los Angeles in a 76-69 loss last Sunday.
“Unfortunately, we hoped to learn in L.A. and move forward and not have it happen again,” Washington’s Elena Delle Donne said. “It was the same downfall and crumble.”
Washington had two opportunities to tie or regain the lead, but Delle Donne and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt missed jumpers.
Delle Donne finished with 28 points and Emma Meesseman added 16 points for Washington.
SKY 100, LYNX 76: Courtney Vandersloot had 26 points and 13 assists for Chicago in Rosemont, Ill. Former Oxon Hill and Georgetown star Rebekkah Brunson scored 22 points for Minnesota.
STORM 81, SPARKS 69: Breanna Stewart scored 26 points and made all eight of her free throws for Seattle at home. Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points for Los Angeles.