ARLINGTON, Texas DeWanna Bonner scored 21 points, Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and eight rebounds and the third-seeded Connecticut Sun eased at night short-handed Dallas Wings 73-58 on Wednesday night to advance to the WNBA semifinals.
SUNLIGHT earned their first winner-take-all victory since Sept. 29, 2004, and got at night opening round for the sixth straight season. They’ll go to the defending champion Chicago Sky on Sunday at Wintrust Arena (7 p.m., ESPN2) in the opener of a best-of-five series.
The teams met in last years semifinals aswell, with the Sky ousting the top-seeded Sun in four games on the solution to the title.
SUNLIGHT broke open Wednesdays game in the 3rd quarter, utilizing a 15-6 set you back create a 49-40 lead. The Wings made only four field goals in the 3rd quarter, and Connecticut started the fourth on an 8-0 run for a 65-46 lead.
SUNLIGHT held the Wings to 24 second-half points and a season-low point total.
Last game, we’d one steal and thats not our identity at all, said Thomas, who had two of the Suns 14 steals. We knew we really had to show it through to defense and also have each others back on the market. … When we began to get stops, thats once the game really exposed.
Connecticut was ahead 49-41 when Dallas earned its star Arike Ogunbowale for the very first time in six games. Ogunbowale, who was simply out since having abdominal surgery on Aug. 9, missed three shots in the 3rd quarter and the Wings trailed 57-46 entering the fourth.
Jonquel Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Natisha Hiedeman added 11 points for sunlight. Bonner became the 10th player in WNBA history to attain 300 career field goals, passing Angel McCoughtry.
Connecticut went with out a field goal for seven-plus minutes in the next quarter but tied it at 34 on Bonners long 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left before halftime. Jones battled foul trouble in the initial half after picking right up her third with 6: 27 left in the next quarter.
Marina Mabrey scored 20 points for the Wings but additionally had a career-high eight turnovers. Dallas starter Isabelle Harrison was helped to the locker room with 9: 25 left in the next quarter with a leg injury and didn’t return.