Injury-riddled Sparks fall into tie for last playoff spot with loss to Sun
Thomas also set the single-season assists mark, passing Courtney Vandersloot’s record of 300 set in 2019. The Sun’s point-forward has 304.
The Sparks (16-22) dropped into a tie with the Chicago Sky for the eighth and final playoff spot in the WNBA standings with two games remaining. The Sparks continue their three-game trip at New York on Thursday, followed by a trip to Seattle to close the season Sunday. The Sky hold the tiebreaker with the Sparks.
The Sparks used a six-game winning streak to put themselves in the middle of WNBA playoff contention. A three-game slide has them tied for eighth.
DeWanna Bonner added 25 points and Tiffany Hayes scored 13 for Connecticut (26-12), which is locked into the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Thomas was 11 for 13 from the field and had six steals.
Connecticut led 49-36 at the break after shooting 54% from the field, including six for 12 from three-point range. Bonner scored 15 points in the half and Thomas had 10 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Four of the Sparks’ 12 field goals were from three-point range.
The Sparks got within 72-66 early in the fourth quarter. But Thomas answered with a layup and she found Hayes for a three-pointer on their next possession to regain a double-digit lead.