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Desperate Liberty travel to face league-leading Sun

Field Level Media
15 Sep 2021, 08:05 GMT+10

The top-seeded Connecticut Sun will look to finish strong as they host the New York Liberty to begin a two-game homestand to close out the regular season on Wednesday night in Uncasville, Conn.

Connecticut (24-6) clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the WNBA playoffs after a 76-67 win at Phoenix on Saturday. The Sun have won a league-best 12 consecutive regular season games and haven't lost since a 79-57 setback versus Seattle in the Commissioner's Cup on Aug. 12.

Jasmine Thomas paced the Sun with a team-high 17 points while DeWanna Bonner scored 16 against her former team. MVP candidate Jonquel Jones contributed 12 points and 16 boards for Connecticut, which snapped the Mercury's winning streak of 10 games.

"To secure the No. 1 seed ... is just a credit to those players continuing to prepare and then the tenacity in how hard they play each and every night," Connecticut coach Curt Miller said.

Also, two-time All-Star Alyssa Thomas is listed as probable and could make her season debut for the Sun. Alyssa Thomas tore her Achilles in January while playing overseas in the Czech Republic.

New York (11-19) faces an uphill battle to make the postseason as it enters the game 10th in the league standings. The Liberty are tied with Los Angeles, with both trailing eighth-place Washington by one game for the final playoff spot.

Sabrina Ionescu's shot in the closing seconds was blocked, costing the Liberty in their 77-76 loss at Dallas last Saturday. The loss was New York's league-worst seventh in a row heading into a crucial final two games against playoff contenders.

"We've been working on it for the past couple games, staying together, and we're still working on it," said Liberty forward Natasha Howard, who had 16 points and 11 boards against the Wings. "When we put everything together, then we do what we need to do and come out with a victory."

After the Liberty's game in Connecticut, New York returns home to host the Mystics on Friday in a game that could potentially decide the eighth seed.

New York has lost both meetings against Connecticut this season, falling 85-64 on the road on June 5 and 71-54 at home on July 11.

--Field Level Media

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