Sun aim to continue scorching stretch vs. Fever (Jul 29, 2017)

BY AP • July 29, 2017

Hoping to continue their strong play at home, the Connecticut Sun host the Indiana Fever on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

After losing their first two home games at the casino, part of a dismal start that has been more than reversed, the Sun have won six of their last seven on their home floor.

The Eastern Conference-leading Sun, who are third in the overall WNBA standings, came out of the All-Star break with a home win over the Chicago Sky. They then had their Friday night game at Washington postponed because of a leaky roof.

Connecticut is 12-4 after a 1-5 start.

The Sun set season highs of 27 assists and 14 steals in the 93-72 victory over Chicago.

"It's an important win for us," Sun coach Curt Miller said. "Trying to keep momentum that we built before the All-Star break. I don't think at times we played Sun basketball. I think it was a pretty ugly game in stretches, both ways.

"Proud of the intensity, the fight that we had. We competed in the second half and showed more of Sun basketball."

The Sun and Fever split two games in Indiana. Connecticut won on July 1 to start a streak of eight losses in the last nine games for the Fever, including the last three.

The Fever suffered a painful 85-84 loss to the New York Liberty in their last game.

Very painful.

"Yet again, we give ourselves an opportunity to win a basketball game," Fever head coach Pokey Chatman said. "But we had poor execution down the stretch and on the final play. That's the one everyone remembers, but we had a 15-point lead that evaporated."

Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 19 points and also grabbed seven rebounds in another tough loss for her team, a defeat that dropped the Fever to 1-8 in July.

"It's frustrating to have two games back-to-back where we could have won and should have won," Achonwa said. "We had 15-point leads and couldn't maintain it because we don't play defense. It's going to be frustrating until we get a win, until we can play 40 minutes of basketball."

At 8-15, the Fever are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, tied for 10th place, 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final postseason spot.

Jonquel Jones, the league's leading rebounder, leads the Sun in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (11.2).

Candace Dupree tops Indiana in both scoring (13.8) and rebounding (5.3).


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