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Sun improved to 13-1 when Sparks lost Cameron Brink to injury

Sun improved to 13-1 when Sparks lost Cameron Brink to injury

WNBA: Finals-Seattle Storm at Las Vegas AcesOctober 2, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; A game ball waits on a sanitation cart during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between the Las Vegas Aces and the Seattle Storm at IMG Academy. Mandatory credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

DeWanna Bonner led five Connecticut starters in double figures with 16 points as the Sun defeated the visiting Los Angeles Sparks 79-70 for their fourth straight victory on Tuesday night in Uncasville, Conn.

Bonner shot 6-of-12 from the floor and also grabbed seven rebounds for the Sun, who improved their WNBA-leading record to 13-1. Tyasha Harris added 14 points, Brionna Jones scored 13, DiJonai Carrington scored 12 and Alyssa Thomas collected 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Aari McDonald paced the Sparks (4-11) with 14 points and seven assists, while rookie Rickea Jackson added 10 points and seven rebounds and Li Yueru scored 11 points off the bench.

Los Angeles lost a key contributor early in the game as Cameron Brink had to be helped off the floor after suffering a left knee injury after just four minutes of action. Brink, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s WNBA draft out of Stanford, had averaged 8.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, and her 2.5 blocks per game ranked third in the league. Brink, who never returned to the game, was just named to Team USA’s 3×3 squad for the Summer Olympics last week.

The team will monitor Brink’s condition on Wednesday, Sparks coach Curt Miller said after the game.

The Sun went on a 12-4 run early in the second quarter to build a 10-point lead over the Sparks. Carrington had four points and an assist in that stretch, along with excellent defense.

By halftime, Connecticut led by 11 and Los Angeles had committed more than 15 turnovers, while the Sparks were also only able to make 1 of 6 three-point attempts.

Sparks leading scorer Dearica Hamby was held to zero points in the first half as she made just one field goal in 16 minutes. She finished the night with eight points and three assists after seeing an offensive resurgence in the second half.

Still, that wasn’t enough for the Sparks to close the gap with the Sun. Connecticut led wire-to-wire and took a lead of as many as 19 points.

The Sun outscored the Sparks 50-32 in the paint, and Connecticut scored 30 points off 24 turnovers in Los Angeles.

–Field-level media