The hottest team in the WNBA meets one of the coldest June 27 when Connecticut visits Washington at 7 pm in the Verizon Center. The Sun are riding a six-game winning streak including a 79-69 rout over an Elena Della Donne-less Chicago Wednesday. Along the way, the Sun have moved into second place in the eastern conference.
Maryland All-America Alyssa Thomas seized the opportunity when an injury to Connecticut’s starting shooting guard, Allison Hightower, put the former Terp on the floor. Thomas scored 12 of her 23 points in the third quarter and had 11 rebounds to lead the Sun to their win.
The Mystics broke out of a slump Wednesday in which they had lost three of four and seven of the last nine. Washington ended the latest losing streak with an 81-70 win in San Antonio in front of nearly 11,000 spectators.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Ivory Latta each had 15 points to lead Washington. Emma Meesseman had 10 points and 13 rebounds and rookie center Stefanie Dolson scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter to help Washington (6-9) snap San Antonio’s three-game winning streak. Kayla McBride scored 17 points, Danielle Robinson added 16 points, Danielle Adams had 12 and Sophia Young-Malcolm 11 for San Antonio (7-7).
The last time the Sun and Mystics mixed things up, Washington’s Kia Vaughn led her team to a 74-66 win. Vaughn put up 16 points and grabbed eight boards. Vaughn, Monique Currie and Latta combined for 40 points for the Mystics.
However, in order to ensure another win over Connecticut Friday night, Vaughn and the Mystics defense need to contain the 2014 No. 1 overall pick Chiney Ogwumike, who had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Sun last time out and was almost able to push the Sun to a win. Thomas wasn’t starting when Connecticut fell June 5. Thomas is averaging 9.5 points and 5.3 caroms per game.