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Recap: Sun beat Mercury 68-62 for WNBA-best sixth straight win

The Connecticut Sun outscored the Phoenix Mercury by 10 points in the second half en route to their 15th win of the season.

WNBA: AUG 01 Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun
DeWanna Bonner (left) and Jonquel Jones (center) were on top of their games, but Jones and the Sun prevailed in a tight contest Thursday night.
Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Connecticut Sun extended their winning streak to six games with a 68-62 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night. Jonquel Jones recorded her 11th double-double of the season and led the Sun in scoring with 15 points to go with 14 rebounds.

The game was tight throughout, with neither team leading by more than nine points. And while the Sun’s defense controlled the second half, allowing just 26 points, both teams shot under 40 percent for the game. The game was quite sloppy, as the teams combined for 34 turnovers.

Along with Jones, Courtney Williams, Shekinna Stricklen and Jasmine Thomas scored in double figures with 14, 12, and 10 points, respectively. Morgan Tuck scored half of her eight points in the fourth quarter. Tuck’s final basket put the Sun up 54-52 and was the final lead change of the game.

DeWanna Bonner scored 20 points for the 12th time this season and recorded her fourth double-double with 10 rebounds. However, she has gone 2-of-11 from beyond the arc in the Mercury’s last two games, both of which have been losses.

Britney Griner, who left the game with an injury in the second quarter, scored just six points. Leilani Mitchell and Camille Little added 13 and 10 points and were the only two other Mercury players to finish in double figures.

Up next

Winners of their sixth straight game, the Sun go on the road to face the New York Liberty for the second time this season on Sunday, August 4.

The Mercury, who fell to 10-10 and have lost back-to-back games, will return home on Sunday, August 4 to face the Washington Mystics. The teams split their two meetings in Washington, D.C.