Sunday, July 16, 2006

Value The Ball

The last time the Sun lost in disappointing fashion in the first of back-to-back games, they responded for arguably the season’s best win. Tonight brings another opportunity like that after Connecticut dropped its WNBA Finals rematch Saturday at Sacramento.
There are two ways to look at the loss. Considering the team had no Nykesha Sales and good defense along with some foul trouble resulted in one of Katie Douglas’ worst games this season, the Sun can take some satisfaction in being in the contest until the final seconds. But the turnovers are a better spot to point the blame, and 26 giveaways are probably why Connecticut lost more than anything else.
Those 26 turnovers were the most by the team since it relocated for the 2003 season and are one short of the Connecticut-Orlando franchise record. Carelessness with the basketball has plagued the Sun all season and was one issue coach Mike Thibault said his team needed to improve upon in the second half.
The first try didn’t go so well, but a win tonight for a 1-1 West Coast trip won’t look so bad if the Sun return still leading the East.


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