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Sunforce overtime, defeat Mystics 74-72

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Alyssa Thomas scored the game's highest 23 points on Sunday, and Connecticut Sun allowed only 23 points after half-time. They defeated Washington Mystics in Ancasville, Connecticut with an overtime of 74-72.

I got 4 out of 8 points of Connecticut in the additional Thomas session. This included two foul shots with 1:06 remaining, resulting in 73-70. Alisha Clark pulled Washington within 73-72 with a driving layup of 10.6 seconds remaining, while Dewana Bonner sank a free throw with 9.3 seconds remaining, scoring a two-point lead.

Mystics eventually fired two shots, but Natasha Cloud's driving layup was blocked by Briona Jones and Maisha Hines.

The Sun (14-7) also scored 15 points from Courtney Williams, 14 points from Natisha Heidemann and 11 points from John Kell Jones.

Ariel Atkins scored 18 points in Washington (13-10), while Clark and Shakira Austin scored 13 points each. 66 with 1:31 remaining. Both teams missed the last 10 seconds of shots that could have won the game.

Playing without Elena Delle Donne (rest), Washington dominated the first half against opponents who tended to start late in the second half. Mystics established a 26-19 lead in the first quarter as Atkins offered a 12-point period.

Washington pushed the lead up to 17 points twice in the second half of the second period. Finally, Tianna Hawkins put back in the last minute to get the advantage of 49-32. Even a slow bucket by Thomas could only bring a connect cut within 49-34 in half-time.

The sun finally moved in the third quarter, strengthening defenses and reducing sales. John Kell Jones and Thomas each achieved a close shot conversion in the last 90 seconds and advanced to the fourth period within 59-54.

– Field-level media