Four starters scored in double figures, none of them WNBA scoring leader DeWanna Bonner, as the Connecticut Sun picked up their first win of the year Thursday night with a 91-68 thumping of the Dallas Wings in Bradenton, Fla.
Brionna Jones led the balanced attack with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, while Alyssa Thomas stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jasmine Thomas added 14 to go along with nine assists. Natisha Hiedeman chipped in 14 points.
Bonner, who entered the game averaging 23 ppg, took just six shots and finished with eight points. But her teammates took up the slack magnificently, as Connecticut (1-5) owned a double-figure lead for most of the game's final 36 minutes.
Dallas (2-4) got 17 points from Arike Ogunbowale, but she hit just 7 of 16 shots and was its only starter in double figures. The Wings' other four starters combined for a measly 13 points. They got 12 and 10 off the bench from Isabelle Harrison and Tyasha Harris, respectively, but it wasn't nearly enough.
The Sun took the lead less than a minute into the game and never looked back. They scored the game's first 13 points, Bonner finding Alyssa Thomas cutting through the lane for a layup to cap the run with 5:21 left. It was 23-8 after a quarter.
Dallas closed within eight on a couple of occasions in the second quarter, but Hiedeman restored a 12-point lead on two free throws with 22.3 seconds before the half. Connecticut lugged a 43-31 lead into the locker room.
It blew the game open for keeps in the third quarter, unloosing a 16-5 run that Bonner finished off with a layup off a Hiedeman pass with 1:44 on the clock. The lead grew to 65-43, and the game's remainder was played for contractual obligation and stat-padding.
The Sun converted a season-high 54.5 percent of their field goals, drawing 22 assists off 36 made buckets.
--Field Level Media