The Connecticut Sun overcame a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Dallas Wings 70-66 in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday.
After the Wings (3-6) cut the lead to 68-66 with 31.1 seconds to play, DeWanna Bonner blew past a Dallas defender and hit a layup with 10.8 seconds to play to seal the victory for the Sun (3-6). Bonner had 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting for the Sun, who have won three of their last four.
Arike Ogunbowale had a game-high 19 points on 50-percent shooting for the Wings.
Despite featuring two of the top five scorers in the league in Dallas’ Ogunbowale (20.2 ppg) and Connecticut’s Bonner (18.7), both teams went through struggles shooting the basketball.
Connecticut made only nine of their 33 shots in the first half, while Dallas tried to offset individual struggles by spreading the ball around (eight different players scored in the first half).
In the third quarter, the Sun started chipping away at the Wings’ lead. Connecticut went to the foul line 11 times and hit nine free throws in the quarter, Bonner leading the way with eight points.
Though the Sun brought the score back to within one basket with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third, Ogunbowale heated up after a quiet first half. She scored 11 of the Wings’ 15 third-quarter points to help Dallas hold 49-46 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Sun finally took the lead on Bria Holmes’ a 3-pointer from 24 feet out with 7:51 left to make it 53-52. It was Holmes’ first basket of the game. Once Connecticut got the lead, they didn’t let it go, taking a 63-57 lead on another Holmes 3 with 4:58 left in the game.
But Dallas did not give up, getting as close as 63-62 with 2:28 to play, and then within two before Bonner’s clinching bucket.
For the Sun, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Allisha Gray dropped 15 points and Tyasha Harris scored 13 points off the bench for the Wings.
–Field Level Media