Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sun-Comets Game Thread

Final, Sun 78-68: Lindsay Whalen finished with 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Sandrine Gruda has a career-high 14 points as the Sun held off Houston, 78-68. Asjha Jones added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun while Barbara Turner came close to a double double with 10 and nine.

After missing two 3s in the final five minutes that could have gave the Sun some much needed breathing room, Jamie Carey hit a big one with 1:21 left to make it, 72-67, Sun. Connecticut hit five of its next six free throws to ice it.

End of 3rd quarter, Sun, 55-50: An interesting quarter. Three different Sun players (Asjha Jones, Lindsay Whalen, Tamika Whitmore) were all called for technical fouls for arguing foul calls (or non-calls) -- and the Sun still lead. Connecticut went on a 10-2 run to open the quarter and finished the frame on a 9-2 run. Apparently, these Connecticut players know how to respond well to emotion.

End of 2nd quarter, Comets, 38-30: The Sun's shooting struggles from Sunday have carried over, as they made 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) and fell behind as many as 14 after going scoreless for more than 4:20. Sandrine Gruda has a team-high seven points while the Sun's starting frontcourt of Asjha Jones and Tamika Whitmore both have four points on 2-of-6 shooting. They combined to make 7-of-27 last game against Phoenix.

Similar to Sunday, the Sun are also not rebounding their misses. Houston, led by Matee Ajavon's nine points, is winning the rebounding battle, 25-20, and has 10 offensive rebounds already.

Whalen broke the Sun's career assist mark early in the first half, driving and kicking to Barbara Turner for a 3-pointer 4:44 into the frame.

End of 1st quarter, Comets, 20-12: Matee Ajavon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Houston up eight. The Sun went 5:05 without a field goal during one stretch, and shot 5-for-16 for the quarter.

Lindsay Whalen tied Connecticut's all-time career assists record with a crosscourt pass to Amber Holt for a 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the frame. She now has 737, matching Shannon Johnson, who coincidently, is guarding her.

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