Phoenix visits Connecticut after Bonner’s 23-point game


Phoenix Mercury (12-17, 6-10 Western Conference) at Connecticut Sun (20-10, 11-6 Eastern Conference)

Uncasville, Connecticut; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Connecticut takes on the Phoenix Mercury after DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points in the Connecticut Sun’s 95-92 overtime loss to the Chicago Sky.

The Sun went 10-5 at home. Connecticut is third in the Eastern Conference with 20.8 assists per game led by Alyssa Thomas with a 5.9 average.

The Mercurys are 4-12 on the road. Phoenix is ​​6-9 against opponents with a winning record.

The two teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Sun beat the Mercury 92-88 when they last met on June 4. Jonquel Jones led the Sun with 24 points and Diana Taurasi led the Mercury with 32 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jones is scoring 15.0 points per game with 8.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Sun. Thomas is averaging 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 51.0 percent over the past 10 games for Connecticut.

Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals for the Mercury. Sophie Cunningham is averaging 3.3 3-pointers over Phoenix’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sunday: 7-3, averaged 85.2 points, 35.8 rebounds, 21.0 assists, 9.4 steals and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.6% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 79.8 points per game.

Mercury: 5-5, averaged 84.8 points, 31.4 rebounds, 20.7 assists, 9.5 steals and 5.3 blocks per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field. Their opponents average 86.4 points.

INJURIES: Sun: Jasmine Thomas: out for the season (knee), Bria Hartley: out for the season (knee).

Mercury: Kia Nurse: out (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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