WNBA: Explosive Sun looking to put heat on Storm


The high-octane Connecticut Sun look to continue their offensive exploits when they host the Seattle Storm on Friday night at Uncasville, Conn.

The Sun recorded a season best for points in Wednesday’s 105-92 home win over the Atlanta Dream. It was the eighth time Connecticut (11-4) has exceeded 90 points this season.

Meanwhile, the Storm (9-5) have won four straight contests and eight of their past 10.

Seattle legend Sue Bird announced Thursday that this will be her final WNBA season. Bird, 41, is a 12-time All-Star.

“I’ve decided this will be my final year. I have loved every single minute, and still do, so gonna play my last year, just like this little girl played her first,” Bird said on Twitter while displaying a recent photo and one of herself as a child.

Bird is expected to be available Friday after missing Tuesday’s game with a non-COVID illness.

For the Sun, Courtney Williams played the starring role against Atlanta as she recorded 20 points and eight assists against her former team.

“There’s a positivity about Courtney that certainly filters through the team,” Sun coach Curt Miller said earlier this week. “On the court, she gives you a dynamic playmaker that can get really streaky hot and gives us another dynamic offensive weapon.”

Williams averages 10.7 points as one of five Connecticut players scoring in double digits. Reigning league MVP Jonquel Jones leads the club in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (8.7) while DeWanna Bonner (14.7), Brionna Jones (14.4) and Alyssa Thomas (13.7) also average more than 10 per game.

Connecticut has won five of its last six games entering the game against the Storm (9-5), who are 3-0 on a five-game road trip after edging the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday.

Breanna Stewart scored 29 points for her third straight 20-point effort and seventh of the season. Stewart leads the WNBA in scoring at 22.3 points per game.

The Storm also received stellar play from backup Epiphanny Prince, who recorded season highs of 15 points and five 3-point baskets.

Prince was just 1 of 11 from 3-point range over her previous eight appearances before breaking out in a big way.

“I know I said I was in a shooting slump, but I only took 2-to-3 shots in those games,” Prince said. “I’m not going to get out of that if I don’t shoot the ball. I know my teammates and coaches are confident in what I can do.”

–Field Level Media



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