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    Tuesday, August 09, 2022

    Sun hold off Storm 88-83 in WNBA action to clinch playoff berth

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird shows the bottle of wine, bottled the year she was drafted into the WNBA, presented to her by Connecticut Sun team President Jennifer Rizzotti as she is honored by the sun before the WNBA match up Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird share a laugh as they wait for the ceremony honoring Bird prior to the Sun Storm game in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) drives to the basket defended by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) and Seattle Storm center Tina Charles (31) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) pulls down a key defensive rebound off a miss by Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) and in front of Storm center Tina Charles, left, and teammate Brionna Jones in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) crashes into Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller and the Sun bench in pursuit of a loose ball in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm center Tina Charles fouls Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, left, embraces Connecticut Sun team President Jennifer Rizzotti as she is honored by the sun before the WNBA match up Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird blows kisses to the fans as she is honored by the Connecticut Sun before the WNBA match up Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird warms up on the court prior to facing the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird signs autographs for fans after warming up for the game against the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Briann January signs autographs for fans prior to facing the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) shoots over Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) fouls Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm Head Coach Noelle Quinn calls instruction to her team as the face the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams (10) shoots over Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm Head Coach Noelle Quinn calls instructions to her team as they face the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) battles the defense of Seattle Storm center Tina Charles (31) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Epiphanny Prince (11) fouls Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) argues a point with one of the officials during play against the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) tangles with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) getting the steal in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) tangles with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) getting the steal in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) tangles with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) getting the steal in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller gives directions to his team against the Seattle Storm in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) fouls Seattle Storm forward Gabby Williams (5) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams (10) battles Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) for the ball along the baseline in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) drives to the basket as Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) defends in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Briann January reacts as she sees the framed poster given to her by the Connecticut Sun as she is honored prior to the game agains the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) tangles with Seattle Storm forward Gabby Williams (5) for a loose ball in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun Head Coach Curt Miller expresses his displeasure with a call to official Charles Watson (#29) during play against the Seattle Storm in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird signs autographs for fans after warming up for the game against the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) battles for a rebound between Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) and center Tina Charles (31) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) passes the ball away from pressure from Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm center Tina Charles drives between the defense of Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (35) and forward Alyssa Thomas (25) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd (24) puts up her shot as she is fouled by Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm forward Stephanie Talbot (7) drives to the basket with Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42) defending in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm center Ezi Magbegor (13) fouls Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (24) on a drive with center Tina Charles helping on defense in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) pokes the ball away from Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) as Natisha Hiedeman (2) helps on defense in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward DiJonai Carrington (21) and forward Joyner Holmes (8) celebrate as teammate Courtney Williams heads to the free throw line in the final seconds to clinch the win over the Seattle Storm in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Michelle Phillips, left, takes a photo as Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart talks with her husband Jeff, and daughters Anne, 13, and Holly, 10 prior to facing the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart signs autographs for the Phillips family of Epsom, New Hampshire, Michelle, Jeff, and daughters Anne, 13, and Holly, 10 prior to facing the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) gives directions to teammates Tina Charles (31) and Breanna Stewart (30) in the huddle coming out of a timeout against the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm center Tina Charles (31) looks for help under pressure from Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42), forward DiJonai Carrington (21), and forward DeWanna Bonner (24) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones (42), forward DiJonai Carrington (21) and forward Joyner Holmes, right, celebrate as teammate Courtney Williams (10) heads to the free throw line in the final seconds to clinch the win over the Seattle Storm in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) gives directions to teammates Tina Charles (31) and Breanna Stewart (30) in the huddle coming out of a timeout against the Connecticut Sun in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Seattle Storm center Tina Charles (31) looks for help under pressure from Connecticut Sun center Brionna Jones (42), forward DiJonai Carrington (21), and forward DeWanna Bonner (24) in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones (42), forward DiJonai Carrington (21) and forward Joyner Holmes, right, celebrate as teammate Courtney Williams (10) heads to the free throw line in the final seconds to clinch the win over the Seattle Storm in WNBA action Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun held on for the 88-83 win. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    The Connecticut Sun held off the Seattle Storm 88-83 Thursday, July 28, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

    Prior to the game the Sun honored former Sun player Briann January, and league legend, and UConn alum, Sue Bird, both of whom are retiring at the end of this season.