CT Sun Wrap: Connecticut Extends Losing Streak To Five In Loss To Storm

Sue Bird wasn’t on the court for the Storm on Tuesday thanks to a knee injury, but the Connecticut Sun still couldn’t overcome Seattle’s wrath.
Connecticut dropped its fifth game in a row and of the season, falling 87-74 to the Seattle Storm at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Sun now currently sport the worst record in the league, having failed to win a single game since the season began July 25.
Breanna Stewart dazzled for the Storm with 22 points and five rebounds. In total, Seattle’s starting five combined for a whopping 67 points, with Sami Whitcomb contributing 15 from the bench.
It wasn’t all bad news of the Sun, however. Brionna Jones scored a career-high 22 points, while Alyssa Thomas recorded her third double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) of the season.
The Sun fall to 0-5 while the Storm improve to 4-1.
Here’s how it all went down:
STARTING FIVE
PG: Jasmine Thomas
SG: Natisha Hiedeman
PF: Alyssa Thomas
SF: DeWanna Bonner
C: Brionna Jones
EVEN STEVEN
There wasn’t much daylight between the Sun and the Storm in the first.
Things remained fairly even through the first 10 minutes. Connecticut attempted to break away from Seattle several times, but the Storm managed to stay within striking distance.

Our ball.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/p7LICpM9hy
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

Express delivery from AT to Bria#SUNState pic.twitter.com/ih8NqohIXg
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

[email protected]_canada @jewellloyd #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/HwofYGShXY
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

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BR3ANNA STEWART FOR THREE#StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/uOrQVWIzgQ
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

Jones looked stellar early, leading all scorers with 11 points in the first and notching her first career triple.

Must be the carpool lane because Brionna is great in traffic#SUNState pic.twitter.com/Lc9OoSuu6j
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

FIRST CAREER THREE#SUNState pic.twitter.com/Sij56BCAeZ
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

The Sun took a 19-16 lead into the second.
SEE-SAW
Things stayed rather even in the second, though both teams saw separate bursts of success.
Seattle found its rhythm early in the quarter, opening up a five-point lead on Connecticut midway through thanks to some nifty stuff from Natasha Howard, Jewell Loyd and Jordin Canada.

The youth movement #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/JbSIBkjKfM
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

#StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/Zd1TmICmky
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

But the Sun pushed back, retaking the lead on a quick 7-0 run. Jones continued to dazzle, tying her career-high in points with 18 in the first half alone.
The two squads traded leads late in the half, but Connecticut found itself on top 40-38 at the buzzer.
A STORMY THIRD
Things were going well for the Sun in the third… until they weren’t.
Connecticut and Seattle continued to trade leads through much of third. Some good looks from Alyssa Thomas and Theresa Plaisance helped give the Sun an edge.

The Midas touch.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/NbVAf7l7cZ
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

Theresa with the fade away#SUNState pic.twitter.com/YnfjSz4IJR
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

But the Storm began to pull away late, capitalizing on some sloppy defense from the Sun.

AC FOR THREE#StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/LJIkyISOuB
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

@ezimagbegor #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/pC4K7IzmUT
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

And just like that, Connecticut found itself down 61-53 heading into the final frame.
GAME OVER
The Sun simply ran out of gas in the fourth, allowing the Storm to take complete control.
Seattle came out strong, eventually opening up a 19-point lead midway through the quarter. Stewart and Canada led the charge, accumulating 22 and 14 points, respectively.

STEWIE SPLASH #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/OllvfPienm
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

[email protected]_canada with the swipe and the bucket #StrongerThanEver pic.twitter.com/RLiVMHEXsK
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 5, 2020

Sadly for Connecticut, there wasn’t much more to the fourth. The Storm ultimately topped the Sun 87-74, climbing to an impressive 4-1 in the process.
PLAY OF THE GAME
What. A. Play.

So much to unpack in your clip…what's your favorite part?#SUNState pic.twitter.com/dZEjogvZrJ
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 5, 2020

UP NEXT
The Sun will take on the Dallas Wings on Thursday as they look for their first win of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
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