The Rewind: Connecticut Sun, May 28

A weekly recap of Connecticut Sun games, for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018.

This is a weekly recap of the Connecticut Sun games. Please note that the WNBA doesn’t schedule games on Mondays.

DISCLAIMER: Synopses include the official WNBA game stats. Any opinions are solely those of this writer. Don’t @ me.

The Future's So Bright...

The Connecticut Sun opened the 2018 regular season by hosting the Las Vegas Aces on May 20. The 101-65 smackdown of the Franchise Formerly Known as the San Antonio Stars was to be expected, especially since Sun icon Chiney Ogwumike returned from rehabbing an Achilles injury since last season. Still, it was almost criminal what the Sun did to the Aces. In this compressed season (due to the upcoming FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in September), a win is a win. The Sun will take it, along with the good omen for the rest of the season.

Goal Model

The Sun hosted the elder Ogwumike sister, former league MVP Nneka, and the Los Angeles Spark on May 24. Connecticut hoped to ride the momentum from their win over Las Vegas into another win. This game was particularly important for Chiney, as she had never beaten her sister during her entire four-year career in the WNBA.

The Sun shone again in Connecticut as they beat the Sparks,102-94. Chiney was thrilled that she finally got a win against her sister, whom she referred to in a postgame interview as her “goal model”.

Breaking a Fever

The 2-0 Sun got a visit from the Indiana Fever on May 26. The competition wasn’t there, as the Fever currently rests at the bottom of the league standings, and Connecticut cruised to an 86-77 win and improved to 3-0 despite the efforts of Indiana rookies Kelsey Mitchell (18 points and 9 assists) and Victoria Vivians (13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists).  

Fever veteran Candice Dupree added 14 points. Alyssa Thomas finished with a team-high 21 points; Rachel Banham had 14 points and Ogwumike added 10, while Courtney Williams and Jasmine Thomas each ended with 11 points.

Up Next

Friday, June 1: Sun at Chicago Sky, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 3: Sun at Washington Mystics, 3:00 pm ET (League Pass)

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