Arike Ogunbowale has scored in double digits in 65 consecutive games. But the Connecticut Sun dominated the Dallas Wings Tuesday night at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas and the 83-56 The winning effort includes keeping Ogunbowale at eight points on 2-of-17 shooting from the field.
The Wings beat a Seattle Storm team that had its big try on June 6 and took part in the fight against the Sun on Tuesday to make up for a bad loss to the Atlanta Dream, which prevented them from leading to take seventh place. Maybe it was not crazy to think that they could have come up with magic in Arlington and managed to get Connecticut to sleep in first place with a 1.5 game lead. Instead, the disaster hit early when the Sun (22-6) ran down Dallas’ throat with a first-quarter 30-13.
Connecticut hurriedly put points on the board and Ogunbowale could not make shots she usually makes to keep it close. She was 0-of-4 on jump shots in the opening frame.
The Wings (12-17) never came back to reach the point as the Sun led by 33. Brionna Jones (three rocks) led Connecticut with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jonquel Jones, leader of the MVP, scored 11 points. seven boards, five assists and three blocks. Briann January (three assists, two steals) was 3-of-4 from downtown and the Sun welcomed her 13 points. January averaged 7.2 points per game, but has scored double figures in every other game since the Olympic break. Natisha Hiedeman added 13 points off the bench for her first double-digit attempt since July 3rd. Hiedeman averaged 14.3 points over the course of the first four games of the season, but started three of those games and has since played a limited role the monster minutes from the start of Connecticut.
DeWanna Bonner rounded out the Sun’s double-digit scorers with 11 points to be with her four assistants, while Jasmine Thomas’ six assists made her the best leader in the category in the franchise history of Connecticut.
Marina Mabrey scored 16 points and two steals in a defeat while her newcomer teammate Awak Kuier scored 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
The Sun won points in the paint 46-14, shooting Dallas off the field at 26.6 percent.
The Wings are now just one game ahead of eighth-place New York Liberty and 1.5 games ahead of the Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Sparks, who are tied for ninth place.
Seattle Storm (20-10) over Washington Mystics (10-18), 105-71
Scary moment for the Storm in this one. Breanna Stewart walked into the third of the track with an injury. It was not necessary to bring her back. No word yet on whether she will miss any more time.
Breanna Stewart leaves the game at 6:05 of the 3rd quarter with a left foot injury and will not return.#Take coverage
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Seattle scored a season high of 105 points and set the season high for points scored on the Mystics. It shoots 59.1 percent from the field and 60.9 percent (14 of 23) from outside the arc.
Jewell Loyd overtook the Storm by 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. Ezi Magbegor (15 points, six rebounds) and Sue Bird (14 points, seven assists) were also strong while Epiphanny Prince was good for nine points and five helpers in overtime due to the blowout. Mercedes Russell added 11 points to the winning deal.
Seattle holds Tina Charles on just four points and four rebounds. Charles dropped 34 points, 16 rebounds and five assists on the Storm in a 22nd win over Mystics.
Shavonte Zellous (three assists) led Washington with 17 points.