Sun coach Mike Thibault inserted Barbara Turner into the starting lineup for the first time this season, and she responded with 12 points, helping to lead the Sun to a 72-56 win over the Sacramento Monarchs Friday. Connecticut closed its five-game, 13-day road trip with a 3-2 mark, and the Sun (10-3) became the first WNBA team to 10 wins.
Asjha Jones led the Sun with 14 points and Amber Holt added 10. Lindsay Whalen scored nine points, ending a streak of 16 straight games in double figures, one short of the franchise record.
The win, however, wasn't a pretty one. The Sun didn't rebound particularly well, despite winning the overall battle, 33-32. The Monarchs (5-6) grabbed 15 offensive boards, compared to five by Connecticut, and Rebekkah Brunson (19 points) finished with 10 rebounds. The Sun also committed 19 turnovers.To balance that, they hit 9-of-18 3s, and Jolene Anderson, after scoring 10 points off the bench against Phoenix, responded with nine more on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point. The Connecticut defense also held Sacramento to 22-of-64 shooting, and no one besides Brunson scored in double figures.
Here's the full box score.