Sun defeats Mystics in the showdown of the Leaders of the East

DeWanna Bonner, Alyssa Thomas and Courtney Williams all scored 14 points and the Connecticut Sun defeated Washington 79-71 on Saturday night to move past the Mystics at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

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

Connecticut scored the last 10 points in a 15-2 run to take a 77-68 lead when Williams – helped by Thomas – made a short jump with 2:33 to play. The Mystics missed seven consecutive field goal attempts during that stretch, making just 2 of 12 after Rui Machida hit a 3-pointer with 6:13 left.

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

Connecticut coach Curt Miller and assistant coach Brandi Poole and forward Joyner Holmes were unavailable due to health and safety protocols. Chris Coclanes served as coach in Miller’s absence, winning in his first game as (acting) head coach. Jasmine Thomas missed her third game after suffering a knee injury in a win over Indiana Fever last Sunday.

Washington’s Alysha Clark (COVID) and Elena Delle Donne (rest) did not play.

Aces’ Wilson, Hamby shine in victory over Sky

A’ja Wilson had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Dearica Hamby added 14 and 12, and Las Vegas defeated defending champions Chicago Sky 83-76 on Saturday to earn the Aces’ sixth straight win.

Kelsey Plum had 19 points, Chelsea Gray added 18 points and Jackie Young finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks for Las Vegas (8-1).

Aces forward A’ja Wilson (right), seen against the Storm, scored 22 points and 16 rebounds in an 83-76 win over Sky in Chicago on Saturday. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gray hit three free throws to spark a 10-0 run that went 39-29 midway through the second quarter, and the Aces led the rest of the way. Las Vegas went into halftime with a 51-38 lead, leading by as much as 18 points in the third quarter and holding a 10-point lead with four minutes to go.

Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points and nine rebounds, Kahleah Copper also had 12 points and Candace Parker added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Sky (4-3). Rebekah Gardner also had 11 points and Azura Stevens added seven points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

Chicago missed 18 consecutive three-pointers after Candace Parker pulled a three-pointer that drew Chicago to a point in the first quarter with a minute left. Courtney Vandersloot grabbed the streak with a three-pointer that cut Chicago’s lead to 70-62 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Sky finished shooting at 34.6 percent from three-point range.

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