Jasmine Thomas scored 29 points and Courtney Williams posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds to help the visiting Connecticut Sun defeat the Los Angeles Sparks 78-56 on Sunday night to sweep a best-of-five WNBA semifinal series and advance to the franchise's first league finals appearance since 2005.

The Sun will face the winner of the other semifinal between the Washington Mystics and Las Vegas Aces when the WNBA Finals open Sept. 29. Washington is up 2-1 on the Aces with Game 4 set for Tuesday in Las Vegas.

"When we have this much energy, when everyone's playing with this much confidence, you want to be a part of it," Thomas told the ESPN2 broadcast crew after the game.

Thomas shot a scorching 78.6 percent from the floor as the Sun finished 31-for-71 (43.7 percent) as a team. Los Angeles struggled to a 23-for-75 (30.7-percent) effort from the floor, including 2-for-21 from 3-point range. Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 17 points and six rebounds. Alexis Jones followed with eight points.

Los Angeles saw its 15-game home winning streak snapped, albeit on a different floor upon which it built the impressive run. Because the Sparks' usual home venue, the Staples Center, was booked on Sunday, the teams played at Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State University.

Connecticut led 40-32 at halftime and wasted little time swelling the advantage. The Sun outscored the Sparks 15-5 in the first 5:21 of the third quarter to take a 55-37 edge.

A Thomas 3 at the 9:23 mark of the fourth quarter pushed the Sun advantage to 22 points at 66-44. Their largest lead down the stretch was 25.

Alyssa Thomas dished out six assists and Jonquel Jones had eight rebounds for Connecticut, which is seeking its first championship in franchise history. The Sun lost the 2005 WNBA Finals to the Sacramento Monarchs -- who since have folded -- one year after falling in the finals to the Seattle Storm.

Jasmine Thomas had a game-high 11 points at the half, as the Sun shot 14-for-32 (43.8 percent) from the floor in the first 20 minutes. The Sparks remained within striking distance at the break despite shooting 15-for-43 (34.9 percent), including 1-for-13 from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

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