Wash­ing­ton falls af­ter lead­ing by 22

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

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.

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