Aug 31, 2016
In what coach Curt Miller termed a must win game, the Connecticut Sun did not disappoint, rolling to an 89-62 victory and giving Miller his 300th career victory.
Alex Bentley hit back-to-back threes for a 6-0 lead, and by the end of the first quarter the Sun lead was 28-9. They never looked back.
The first quarter also showed the value of good, crisp ball movement that Miller preaches, with high post forward/center Camille Little dishing at will against an undermanned Stars team.
In that quarter alone, Little found Chiney Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas for layups, Bentley for a short jumper, and Jasmine Thomas for two three-pointers. She had five assists in the quarter, seven for the game, tying a career-high she previously established back in 2012 as a member of the Seattle Storm.
These numbers make Camille Little an unlikely but clear winner of the Disher of the Night honors for last night's games!
Swisher was much more difficult a choice, with Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner both having big games in Phoenix's win over Indiana, but Bentley's performance in the Sun victory is worthy of game honors.
As mentioned, she hit two threes to start the game, and another in the second quarter as she scored 15 points in the first half. Bentley went out to score a game high 21 points, her seventh game this season over 20 points.
Bentley gave credit to her teammates after the game.
"My teammates are working for me always," she said. "I credit them for getting me open looks, setting great screens and making good passes and Curt (Miller) getting me the ball in good spots.”
Things will get decidedly more difficult for the Sun from here, as the Phoenix Mercury, red hot to kick off the post-Olympic break bring their game into Mohegan Arena Friday night.
Congratulations to Camille Little and Alex Bentley, our Disher and Swisher of the Night!