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Sun demolish Stars by 31 points; Donovan wins No. 200

The Connecticut Sun dismantled the San Antonio Stars 82-51. Also, Sun head coach Anne Donovan notched her 200th career victory, which now makes her only the fourth coach to accomplish that feat in WNBA history.

Photo by Chris Poss

Uncasville, CT -- The San Antonio Stars are still winless on the road this season after leaving the Mohegan Sun Arena Tuesday night. The Connecticut Sun handed the Stars their tenth road loss of the season in an 82-51 win.

The win gives Sun head coach Anne Donovan her 200th career victory. She is the fourth coach, and first female coach, in WNBA history to accomplish that feat.

"It means I have coached a lot of games, and it means I Have been fortunate enough to coach a lot of great players," Donovan said. "I have been with some great organizations, crossed paths with special people and made numerous lasting relationships. That is what you value the most about this business is the relationships, and that is what it means to me to win 200 games."

Connecticut improves to 10-9 on the season, and are now 7-1 against the Western Conference. San Antonio falls to 6-15 on the season, and have now lost three of their last four.

Sun Center Kelsey Bone led all scorers with 17 points and also grabbed ten rebounds, recording her third double-double of the season. Bone has scored 49 points in her last three games combined.

"I'm just playing basketball," Bone said. "I'm Just taking what the defense gives me. I try to go out there and be consistent. I pride myself on being a consistent force in the paint."

Jia Perkins and Sophia Young-Malcolm combined to score 25 of the Stars' 51 points.

Connecticut led by seven points at the half, and began the third quarter with a 12-4 run. The lead would only grow from here as the Sun outscored the Stars by 12 in the third, and took a 19-point lead into the final quarter.

"We didn't play well, but give Connecticut credit," Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes said. "I thought they were very physical, and I thought in the second quarter we had a chance to roll back in, but in the third quarter they just took it away from us. They were quicker to balls; they physically battled better than we did, and we didn't respond."

The lead would swell to 30 with a little over six minutes left in the game, and a familiar face was there to put the nail in the coffin. The crowd erupted as former Connecticut Husky Kelly Farris banked in a shot while being fouled to put the Sun up, 71-41.

San Antonio turned the ball over 21 times and were never able to recover.

"I thought we were not passing and catching the ball really well today," Stars forward Sophia Malcolm-Young said. "It was an all around terrible job of staying composed. Give them credit, I thought they played exceptionally well, and they got a lot of fast transition points. Everybody was rebounding the ball for them, and they played better than us."

The Stars only scored 21 points the entire second half. To put that into perspective, the Indiana Fever scored 28 points in the fourth quarter alone during their 83-70 victory over the Sun on Sunday.

The 31-point margin of victory is tied for the fourth largest for Connecticut, and is the second largest in the WNBA this season.

"It is nice," Donovan said. "We have had so many close games this year and we have won a lot of them and lost a few of them, but we have not had a comfortable win like this since I have been the coach. So yes, it felt good tonight."