Sun beat Storm 71-59 for first win

Connecticut's Katie Douglas strips the ball from Seattle's Temeka Johnson during the first quarter of Friday night's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun beat the Storm 71-59.
Connecticut's Katie Douglas strips the ball from Seattle's Temeka Johnson during the first quarter of Friday night's WNBA game at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun beat the Storm 71-59. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo

Mohegan — Kelsey Bone's personality is too big to allow her to be stone-faced. The second-year center may be the only active WNBA player who wants to work on-camera for "Good Morning America."

Bone finally had to express herself late in Friday's Connecticut Sun game. She made a layup, was fouled, and howled.

"For so long, I've tried to stay so stoic," Bone said with a laugh, "but there are some plays that you just have to let it out."

Every member of the Connecticut Sun can let out a deep breath of contentment after getting their first win of the season, 71-59, over the winless Seattle Storm before 6,573 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Rookie Chiney Ogwumike had a game-high 18 points with seven rebounds for the Sun (1-3) and Bone added 13 points and eight rebounds. Allison Hightower scored 14, rookie Alyssa Thomas 10, and Kelsey Griffin had a game-high nine rebounds.

Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Storm (0-3).

"It's been coming (a win)," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "And I can't say that there won't be ups and downs as we move forward. We're a young team but that's the team that comes to practice every day. That supports each other. That gets into each other. That works their tails off every day. We are talented enough for good things to happen to us."

Bone especially needed something good to happen for her after she struggled mightily in Wednesday's 78-68 loss at the Chicago Sky. She missed all eight of her shots in a little over eight minutes of play.

"I came out and I rushed my shots, all of my shots," Bone said. "Once I missed those first couple, it kind of got in my head and kind of stuck with me for the rest of the game."

It hasn't helped matters that Bone arrived the final week of training camp because she was playing in Turkey for Galatasaray, so she had little time to get acclimated.

Donovan went over tape with Bone after Thursday's practice and provided guidance. Bone also worked on the court with assistant coach, Jen Gillom.

Bone had seven points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter on Friday to help Connecticut push its lead to 17 points (71-54) with two minutes, 53 seconds remaining.

"You're still looking at a second-year player and people forget that," Donovan said. "She's got a big body (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and she's a big presence. … (We talked about) going strong to the basket and not fading away. She's so hungry to be the presence we need her to be, so I'm really happy that she came through, for her more than anybody tonight."

Bone said, "Just finally being able to breath, things are finally starting to slow down, and I'm able to get a little comfortable and get into the flow of things a little bit better."

n.griffen@theday.com

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