Friday, June 27, 2008

Sun-Atlanta Game Thread

Final, Sun 109-101: Asjha Jones (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Tamika Whitmore (28 points) combined for 14 points in overtime, and the Sun overcame a career night by Betty Lennox to prevail, 109-101, and keep the Atlanta Dream winless. Lindsay Whalen added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Sun (12-4) while the Dream (0-14) became the first team in WNBA history to start a season with 14 straight losses.

Lennox netted a career-high 44 points.

End of regulation, 89-89: Jamie Carey missed a 3 with roughly two seconds to play, and the Sun and Dream are in overtime.

End of 3rd quarter, Sun, 66-62: Connecticut can't seem to shake Atlanta. The Sun dominated at times during the third quarter, building a 13-point lead with 5:44 to play, but the Dream have capitalized during their momentarily lapses, none more so in the closing seconds when Kristen Haynie was allowed to drive through the center of the lane for a lay-up as time expired.

Betty Lennox has 27 points but also 19 shots. Tamika Whitmore has 18 points, and Asjha Jones has 17. Jones has simply abused whoever has guarded her in the blocks. It's just the Sun's defense has sagged at times.

End of half, Sun 38-35: Not the best half for the Sun. They didn't hit the boards aggressively against a Dream team (ironic, I know) that has failed to rebound every opponent but one this season, and they left too many shooters open on the outside, most notably Betty Lennox (18 points, 7-of-14 shooting) and Ivory Latta (8 points, 2-of-4 shooting on 3s).

The Sun led by as many as 11 (30-19) with 6:55 to play, but committed five turnovers before the end of the quarter, including one on a bad pass right near the rim that allowed Lennox to score easily to make it, 37-35. Tamika Whitmore has 12 points to lead the Sun and Lindsay Whalen has nine. The Dream actually have more offensive rebounds than the Sun (5-4) and just as many total boards (17).

End of 1st quarter, Sun, 22-16: Betty Lennox has 10 points and the Dream have staved off Connecticut on the boards for most part, helping to keep them in range. Sun coach Mike Thibault was infuriated less than 90 seconds into the game when Lennox grabbed a rebound off her own miss in the lane for a lay-up, prompting him to call a timeout. The Sun responded by scoring eight of the games' next 10 points. Tamika Whitmore, who hasn't scored in double figures in four straight games, has seven points and has looked more aggressive looking for her shot.

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