Sun resume pursuit of top WNBA playoff seed at Seattle
The Connecticut Sun are so done with being seeded fourth in the WNBA playoffs.
Connecticut has been seeded fourth the past two seasons and received a bye to the one-and-done second round. It lost both times at home to the Phoenix Mercury.
The Sun want a top two seed this postseason, which would earn them a double-bye to the best-of-five semifinals.
Connecticut has five games left in which to earn itself one of those coveted seeds, extra rest, and more wiggle room in the playoffs. It plays at the sixth-place Seattle Storm on Tuesday (10 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena).
The top eight teams in the overall standings qualify for the playoffs. The first two rounds are single elimination.
The Sun (20-9) are second in the overall standings and a game behind the Washington Mystics (21-8). Connecticut owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Sun have a 1.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks (18-10) and Las Vegas Aces (19-11). Connecticut beat the Aces last Friday, 89-85, to clinch the regular-season series.
The Sparks beat the Sun on Sunday, 84-72, to win the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Chicago Sky (18-11) are two games behind the Sun in fifth place. They’ve split two games the rubber match at Connecticut on Sept. 6.
The Sun can be no worse than the fifth seed as they have a five-game lead over Seattle (15-14) and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Connecticut reserve guard Rachel Banham has missed three straight games due to a left ankle injury and is listed as doubtful for Tuesday.
Natasha Howard has played at an MVP level for Seattle. She leads the league in steals (2.3) and is third in blocks (1.8), fourth in scoring (18.5) and sixth in rebounding (8.2). Jewel Loyd has averaged 12 points.
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