Jul 23, 2016
So now we go dark, no more WNBA games until the end of August.
On the final night of the pre-Olympic break WNBA season, four good games were played, and in Chicago, we find the Disher of the night performance.
The resurrected Connecticut Sun, left on the scrap heap after a disastrous start to the Curt Miller regime, has found their game. Their upset win over Chicago last night puts the Sun at 8-16. Not exactly a playoff clinching record, but with the new playoff format for this season, they are only one game out of the eighth spot.
Connecticut went 5-3 in the month of July, with the largest margin of defeat only seven points. Different players have stepped up to produce points, notably Chiney Ogwmuike, Alex Bentley, and, last night, Jonquel Jones, but the constant is point guard Jasmine Thomas.
Getting big minutes for the first time in her career, Thomas has responded with career highs in almost every statistical category. Her 4.9 assists per game has her even with Briann January of Indiana for third in the league, trailing only superstars Sue Bird of Seattle (first) and Candace Parker of Los Angeles (second).
Last night was a typical Thomas game, where she held the reigns tight in the face of potential blow out adversity, straightened their direction, and eventually, led them back.
She scored 16 points for the Sun, but more importantly had eight assists and only one turnover. Those numbers earn Jasmine Thomas the Disher of the Night honors for July 22nd.
Congratulations, and I know I cannot wait to see what the post-Olympic games mean for the Connecticut Sun!