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New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun Pick & Prediction JUN 5TH 2021

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Betnijah Laney and the New York Liberty will look to make up some ground when they visit Jonquel Jones and the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun on Saturday night.

New York (5-3) won five of its first six games, but suffered its first two-game losing streak of the season after home losses to Atlanta last Saturday and Las Vegas on Thursday.

Laney, who is averaging a team-high 22.4 points, scored 23 to lead the Liberty, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Aces in a 94-82 setback. Laney boasts the third-highest scoring average in the WNBA and has scored at least 20 in all eight games.



Despite their recent skid, the Liberty find themselves only 1 1/2 games behind the Sun in the standings.

"It's great for us to have started the season for us (the way that) we have," said guard Rebecca Allen, who scored 16 off the bench against Las Vegas. "It's about us now continuing to grow. We are nowhere near the potential that we can reach, so I think that's (the) exciting part."

Connecticut (7-2) has alternated wins and losses over its last four games after opening the season with five straight victories.

The Sun were 74-67 winners against the Aces on Tuesday behind Jones' 23 points and seven rebounds. The Seattle Storm (6-1) has the best record in the league, but the Sun are right behind them.


"(Something) other people are noticing about our team is that we're here to compete this season for a championship," said guard Jasmine Thomas, who had 11 points and six assists against Las Vegas. "We've just got to keep getting better and keep doing what we're doing."

Jones is averaging 20.6 points, currently fifth-best in the WNBA, to go along with a league-leading 10.1 rebounds this season.

Connecticut has won six consecutive games against New York dating back to 2018.

--Field Level Media

New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun

Alyssa Thomas scored 25 points, DeWanna Bonner posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun cruised past the New York Liberty, 82-65, Saturday in Bradenton, Fla.

Connecticut (6-8) led wire-to-wire and took control with a dominant third quarter. The Sun outscored the Liberty 21-11 in the frame and held New York without a field goal for the final 3:57.

The Liberty (1-12) endured a similar drought to close the first quarter. They made just one field goal over the final 4:46 of the first period.

Connecticut's stifling defense forced 18 turnovers, nine of which came off of steals. Jasmine Thomas had three and Alyssa Thomas, Briann January and Brionna Jones each added two. Jasmine Thomas and January also both scored in double-figures with 16 and 11 points.

The Sun faced their own offensive woes, shooting just 5-of-23 from behind the 3-point line. But thanks to selfless ball movement -- 23 of their 33 made field goals off of assists -- Connecticut generated more than enough offense to complement the defense.

Bonner dished six assists, Jasmine Thomas passed for five and January added four.

New York scored all but one of its field goals off of assists, but the issue for the Liberty was hitting just 20 total baskets. Kia Nurse led New York with 17 points despite shooting 4-of-12 from the floor.

Layshia Clarendon added 12 points, Jazmine Jones scored 11 points, and Kiah Stokes notched 10 points with six rebounds.

Amanda Zahui B posted team-highs of 10 rebounds and five assists, but finished with just six points on 2-of-10 shooting from the floor.

Despite the loss, the last-place Liberty received some positive news on Saturday. Rookie sensation Sabrina Ionescu, who has been out since sustaining an ankle injury on July 31, will not require surgery, ESPN's Holly Rowe tweeted prior to Saturday's game.

--Field Level Media
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