Sun cruise past Lynx with balanced attack
MINNEAPOLIS — Morgan Tuck scored a game-high 15 points off the bench, and the Connecticut Sun cruised to an 83-64 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday evening, July 15, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Jonquel Jones added 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting for Connecticut (12-10), which has won back-to-back games. Four others scored in double digits for the Sun, including Jasmine Thomas (11), Rachel Banham (11), Shekinna Stricklen (10) and Courtney Williams (10).
Sylvia Fowles finished with 12 points as the only player to score in double figures for the Lynx. Maya Moore had just five points on 2-for-11 shooting, while Seimone Augustus registered six points on 3-for-8 shooting.
Minnesota (12-10) has dropped two straight games amid an up-and-down season. The Lynx won the WNBA championship last year.
Connecticut led 44-33 at halftime and never looked back. The Sun outscored the Lynx 23-15 in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 19 points entering the final quarter.
A strong performance from beyond the arc helped set apart the Sun. The team shot 48 percent (12-of-25) from long range, with Tuck connecting on 4 of 6 3-point attempts to lead the group. Banham made 3 of 5 3-point attempts in the rout, and Jones and Stricklen added two each.
Connecticut also posted a 41-27 advantage on the boards. The Lynx made only 4 of 15 shots from 3-point range (26.7 percent).
Minnesota forward Rebekkah Brunson missed her third straight game because of a thigh injury. She is the WNBA's all-time leader in rebounds.