Suns beat Mystics 79-71 in East leaders matchup

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Devana Bonner, Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Williams all scored 14 points as the Connecticut Sun beat Washington 79-71 on Saturday night in the Eastern Conference Beyond the Mystics in the league standings.

Williams had a season-high seven assists and Thomas had 10 rebounds and six assists, but seven of Connecticut’s 18 turnovers were a career high. Briona Jones had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Suns (6-2).

Connecticut scored the final 10 points in a 15-2 77-68 lead after Williams hit a jumper with 2:33 left in the game. After Machida made a 3-pointer with 6:13 left, the Mystics missed seven straight shots in that stretch, going just 2-for-12.

Kennedy Burke and Ariel Atkins each had 13 points, Elizabeth Williams had 12 and Tianna Hawkins had 10 points, for the Washington team (6-3).

Connecticut coach Curt Miller and assistant coach Brandy Poole and forward Joyner Holmes were unavailable due to health and safety protocols. Chris Cokranes coached in Miller’s absence and won in his first game as the (acting) head coach. Jasmine Thomas missed her third game with a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Indiana Heat.

Washington’s Alysha Clark (COVID) and Elena Delle Donne (rest) were not played.

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