Sun fight back again, beat Storm 93-86

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Jun. 6—Jonquel Jones has more tenure with the Connecticut Sun than almost anyone else on their roster. She was part of a then-young team trying to turn the franchise around which would often struggle to fight through bleak moments.

Fast forward to Sunday night when Connecticut fell behind by 13 points for the second straight game in three days. The Seattle Storm twice built a double-digit lead and seemed to have the Sun reeling.

Once again, Connecticut summoned the energy to fight back. It used another big fourth quarter to rally and beat the Storm, 93-86, before an announced crowd of 11,330 at Climate Pledge Arena.

"I think the type of vibe that we have now, it's something like that veteran vibe," Jones said. "It doesn't really matter what happens. There's ebbs-and-flows in basketball. Teams are going to make runs. I think the old us. ... after they went on their run we would've kind of imploded and it would've been a struggle to kind of get back.

"I think (our resilience) the maturity of the team and this chemistry that we have and the belief that we have in each other."

Jones scored a season-high 25 with eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Sun (9-3). Alyssa Thomas recorded her fifth straight double-double, including the first assist and rebound double-double in franchise history (career-high 12 assists with 11 rebounds). She also scored eight.

Brionna Jones had another big night off the bench with 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. DeWanna Bonner added 21 points, four rebounds and three steals and reserve DiJonai Carrington scored 12.

It was the first time this season that Seattle (5-5) had its entire team available. Ezi Magbegor led it with 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Sue Bird had 17 points, six assists and two steals.

Jewell Loyd had 16 points and seven assists for the Storm. Breanna Stewart, who has averaged a league-leading 20.4 points, missed 8 of 12 shots and finished with 12 points.

Sunday was the third road game in four days for Connecticut (9-3) and the conclusion of a nine game, 17-day sprint.

The Sun ended that stretch with four road games in six days, including a back-to-back in different cities. The Phoenix Mercury are the only other WNBA team that will endure that same schedule.

Connecticut, after beating the league-leading Las Vegas Aces on Thursday, June 2, trailed the Mercury by 13 points (81-68) with 6 minutes, 18 seconds remaining.

The Sun won, 92-88.

Seattle (5-5) led 41-28 with 4:05 left in the first half on Sunday.

Connecticut cut its deficit to 43-42 at the half.

Stephanie Talbot made two free throws to push the Storm's lead to 65-55 with 1:18 left in the third quarter.

The Sun hit back with a 30-7 run.

"When we looked at the schedule at this road trip, playing nine games in 17 days and ending with three of the last four (days), I didn't even comprehend that we could sweep these three," Connecticut head coach Curt Miller said. "It's just an unbelievably gutty performance by our players and another fourth quarter where there was just a determination from the start to the finish line.

"They're just so competitive. ... (and would) not use fatigue, not use the schedule, as an excuse not to get to the finish line."

n.griffen@theday.com