Jonquel Jones had 17 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals to enable the Connecticut Sun to win the Minnesota Lynx’s eight-game series with a 72-60 wins Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The Sun (16-6) tied with the Seattle Storm for second place, while the Las Vegas Aces took the only spot in possession with a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics.
Jasmine Thomas added 19 points in Connecticut, along with five assists and three steals, while DeWanna Bonner added 18 points, six boards and three assists. Briann January rounded out the sun’s double-digit scorers by 10 points.
The Lynx (13-8) scored just 22 rebounds and were led by Sylvia Fowles (14 points) and Kayla McBride (12 points).
It was a big win for the Sun to give them two double-digit wins and no losses since their blowout loss in the Commissar Cup Championship match. And one of the victories comes against a rival in the Lynx. It is clear that J. Jones and Bonner acted after being very hard on themselves during the post-match press conference Commissioner’s Cup Championship Match.
Bonner on the Storm after the Commissioner’s Cup Championship match:
The team knows how to put it together, and they have a championship mentality. To me, this match was like a championship mentality. It’s one game, you win the money, and it just takes a different type of mentality to play in these games, and they have it now. We’re still trying to figure it out, so hopefully we can get it done sooner – well, the next half of the season.
J. Jones after the match of the Commissioner’s Cup Championship:
‘The feeling is to get behind in the gym and work on the things we have to work on to be successful. Ten big, we are not thinking about it now, because we were honestly played out tonight and we have to return to the drawing board, because our mission is to win a championship and the way we played tonight is not going to do that, so we need to get back to work. ”
Los Angeles Sparks (8-13) over Atlanta Dream (6-15), 85-80
Kristi Toliver (11 points) hits a drop shot from the right elbow at the buzzer of the fourth to force overtime. In OT, the Sparks led by at least three after a Brittney Sykes was left with 3:08 left. Crystal Bradford of Atlanta scored a three-pointer to play it at 3:27.
Nneka Ogwumike scored almost a triple with 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Sykes (17 points, five assists, two steals) has now allowed LA to score in both of their post-Olympic breakaways. Amanda Zahui B. added 14 points, seven boards, four assists and two blocks to the winning point, while Erica Wheeler was good for 16 points and five helpers. Nia Coffey submitted with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Odyssey Sims scored 26 points and six assists in a defeat.
Phoenix Mercury (11-10) over Indiana Fever (4-18), 84-80
Kelsey Mitchell (20 points, three assists, two steals) drove past Brittney Griner (25 points, seven rebounds, four blocks) for a lineup that cut Indiana’s deficit by 25.9 seconds to two, but Diana Taurasi (22 points, seven rebounds), seven assists) left the game with two free kicks, with 7.6 seconds left. The Fever led as many as seven.
Skylar Diggins-Smith injured her ankle early and did not return. She is now day to day and it is not expected to be long.
Brianna Turner scored a double double for the Mercury with 10 points and 11 boards.
Victoria Vivians scored 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in a defeat while teammate Danielle Robinson was good for 14 points, eight boards and three helpers.
Dallas Wings (10-13) over Chicago Sky (11-11), 80-76
The Wings returned with a good win here. 3×3 gold medalist Allisha Gray picked up 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Chicago’s Allie Quigley (27 points this season) cut it in two with a triple at 52.7 seconds, but Dallas then made a 5-0 run and Quigley’s try was 1.2 seconds left too little too late.
Arike Ogunbowale and Isabelle Harrison both added 15 points for the winners and Moriah Jefferson scored 11 points and eight assists.
Kahleah Copper and Azurá Stevens scored 16 and 14 points respectively. Courtney Vandersloot dished out 12 assists.
Las Vegas Aces (17-6) over Washington Mystics (8-12), 93-83
The Aces came back again to defeat the Mystics. They came down with eight points in this game, but A’ja Wilson had 19 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to lead them to a victory. Kelsey Plum scored Vegas with 24 points and also handed out five assists. Liz Cambage (15 points), Chelsea Gray (13) and Riquna Williams (10) also all scored in double figures.
Aces coach Bill Laimbeer says Kelsey Plum is by far the frontrunner for the sixth woman of the year.
– Sam Gordon (@BySamGordon) 18 August 2021
The American Olympics from Washington were a great defeat. Tina Charles scored 30 points and 10 rebounds and surpassed Tamika Catchings for third place on the overall rebound list. Ariel Atkins finished with 24 points.