Saturday, June 21, 2008

Game Update: Sun close road trip on high note

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.

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