Mercury fall flat against Sun

Aug 20, 2017, 5:35 PM | Updated: 7:36 pm
Connecticut Sun's Shekinna Stricklen looks to make a move against Phoenix Mercury's Center Brittney...
Connecticut Sun's Shekinna Stricklen looks to make a move against Phoenix Mercury's Center Brittney Griner during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. (Sean McGirr/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)
(Sean McGirr/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Jonquel Jones added 20 points and eight rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-66 on Sunday.

Courtney Williams had 16 points, Jasmine Thomas finished with 14 and Shekinna Stricklen added 12 for Connecticut (19-10). The Sun shot 52.9 percent (37 of 70) from the field, including 8 of 20 from 3-point range.

Connecticut led 46-45 at halftime, but limited Phoenix to just 21 second-half points, its lowest-scoring half of the season. Jasmine Thomas hit two 3-pointers during a 16-2 run to open the third quarter and the Sun led by double figures the rest of the way. They scored 16 consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to take a 94-64 lead, the biggest of the game, with 1:54 to play.

Brittney Griner led Phoenix (15-14) with 18 points, and Monique Curry had 12. The Mercury shot just 33.8 percent (24 of 71) from the field, their second-worst shooting percentage of the season.

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