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New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun Pick & Prediction JUN 22TH 2022

WNBA | BASKETBALL
TV:
Logo New York Liberty
VS
Logo Connecticut Sun
159.5
OPENNER
-9

157.5o -110
CURRENT
-10.5 -110

+400
MONEYLINE
-500

81
SCORE
77

The Connecticut Sun look to rebound from recording their lowest scoring output of the season when they host the New York Liberty on Wednesday at Uncasville, Conn.

The Sun (12-5) made just 36.7 percent of their shots from the floor and committed 17 turnovers in a 71-63 setback to the Washington Mystics on Sunday.

Connecticut's Jonquel Jones registered her second straight double-double and fourth of the season after collecting 15 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

"We didn't find our rhythm, so it was just one of those games where things just didn't go our way," Jones, the 2021 WNBA MVP, told The Day in New London. "We're going to learn from it and we're going to grow from it, but ultimately it was just us not being ourselves more than anything they were doing.

"We've just got to be better."

Jones also scored 15 points in Connecticut's 81-79 season-opening setback at New York on May 7 and chipped in 13 in the Sun's 92-65 romp over the Liberty 10 days later. She averages team-leading totals in points (15.1) and rebounds (9.4), while the Sun average 86.4 points per game, second best in the WNBA.

New York's Sabrina Ionescu scored 25 in the first meeting with the Sun before limited to just two in the rematch. The top overall pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft averages team-leading totals in points (16.7) and assists (6.1) this season.

The Liberty (6-10) had won five of their previous seven games before dropping an 81-72 decision to Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm at home on Sunday.

Marine Johannes scored a career-high 23 points and Ionescu added 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the loss.

New York's DiDi Richards recorded one point and four rebounds in 13 minutes while playing in her first game in over a month since being sidelined with a right hamstring injury.

"It's nice seeing DiDi back out there," Ionescu said. "She's had a long road of rehabbing, so she's going to continue to get better and help us."

--Field Level Media
PREDICTION
New York Liberty
76
87
Connecticut Sun

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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