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    Saturday, March 02, 2024

    Thomas and Bonner help the Sun advance to their fifth straight WNBA semifinals

    Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner, right, celebrates with guard Ty Harris after Harris made a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 3 of a WNBA first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday in Minneapolis. The Sun won 90-75 to advance to the semifinals. (Abbie Parr/AP Photo)
    Connecticut Sun coach Stephanie White, left, talks with forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Lynx. (Abbie Parr/AP Photo)
    Connecticut Sun guard Natisha Hiedeman (2) shoots while defended by Minnesota Lynx guard Tiffany Mitchell, left, and forward Napheesa Collier (24) during Wednesday’s game in Minneapolis. (Abbie Parr/AP Photo)
    Connecticut Sun guard DiJonai Carrington, left, works toward the basket while defended by Minnesota Lynx guard Tiffany Mitchell. (Abbie Parr/AP Photo)
    Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (24) hugs head coach Cheryl Reeve, right, after being substituted out of the game during the final seconds. (Abbie Parr/AP Photo)

    Minneapolis — Alyssa Thomas tied a career-high with 28 points, DeWanna Bonner had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-75 on Wednesday night to advance to their fifth straight WNBA playoff semifinals.

    Connecticut will play the New York Liberty beginning Sunday in a best-of-five series. The Sun lost all four regular-season games with the Liberty this season. It was the second consecutive season that the Sun went on the road to win Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

    Ty Harris added 18 points off the bench for Connecticut. She made four of the Sun's nine 3-pointers. Thomas also had 12 assists and six rebounds.

    Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 31 points. Kayla McBride, who scored 28 points in Game 2 on Sunday, was held to 10 points on 3 of 12 shooting.

    Connecticut made eight of its first nine shots and scored 14 straight points to take a 20-6 lead. Minnesota was within 32-29 before Connecticut scored the next 11 points for a 14-point lead. The Sun made 11 of their last 13 shots of the first half, including Bonner’s baseline jumper just before the buzzer for a 49-34 lead.

    Bonner and Thomas scored or assisted on 40 of the Sun’s 49 first-half points. Bonner was 5 of 6 from the field in the first half for 14 points and Thomas also scored 14 points on 7 of 12 shooting.

    Bonner made two 3-pointers in the opening 3:05 of the third quarter for a 57-38 lead.

    Bonner became the third player in WNBA playoff history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, joining Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker.

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