NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun kept their season alive on Tuesday night, holding off the Washington Mystics 90-86 to force a decisive game five in their Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) finals series.
Jones notched 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line as the team overall shot 23 of 26 compared to the Mystics 10 of 13. Also, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and a game-high 11 assists — which tied a WNBA finals record.
Washington’s Aerial Powers came off the bench to lead the Mystics with 15 points and Emma Meesseman chipped in with 12 points off the bench.
“Both teams in the fourth quarter were making big shots. We would make a three, they’d answer with a three,” Sun coach Curt Miller said. “Ultimately we made a few more plays down the stretch, got to the foul line tonight more than they did. Alyssa Thomas was the best foul shooter in the game.”
The Sun were able to battle back from a seven point first-half deficit to come from behind. Despite being tied at 68 at the half, the Sun outscored the Mystics 28-12 in the third quarter and held on to the lead the rest of the way.
Both teams will have the chance to win it all on Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 back in Washington.