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Brionna Jones powers Connecticut Sun past Sparks for eighth win in a row

Sparks guard Erica Wheeler controls the ball during a game against the Dallas Wings on May 14, 2021.
The Sparks’ Erica Wheeler, pictured in May, had 15 points and seven assists in the team’s 76-61 loss at Connecticut on Saturday night.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Brionna Jones had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and the WNBA-leading Connecticut Sun won their eighth consecutive game, beating the Sparks 76-61 on Saturday night.

The Sun have won 13 of 14 games at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Jonquel Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds for Connecticut (20-6). Kaila Charles had 12 points, and DeWanna Bonner and Briann January each added 10.

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Erica Wheeler had 15 points and seven assists for the Sparks (10-16), who were without Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver. Te’a Cooper added 13 points, and Mia Coffey had 12. The Sparks, who lost 76-72 at Connecticut on Thursday, have dropped three consecutive games overall.

The Sparks got off to a fast start, taking a 21-16 lead after one quarter, but Connecticut answered with a 24-point second quarter for a 40-37 lead.

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Connecticut held a commanding advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Sparks 38-18, but was just five for 20 from three-point range.


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