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WNBA: Sun down Dream, seal spot in WNBA Commissioner’s Cup final

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Jonquel Jones had 24 points and 16 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner finished with 22 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 84-72 win over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night in Uncasville, Conn.

Connecticut (13-6) clinched a spot in the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup by achieving an 8-1 record in Cup games in the first half of the season.

The Sun will play a Western Conference representative in the Cup title game, Aug. 12 in Phoenix.

The Dream (6-12) have lost six of their past seven games and 10 of their past 12. The Sun have won five out of six.

Atlanta played its first full game without star guard Chennedy Carter, who was suspended by the organization for conduct detrimental to the team after sitting out the second half in the previous game at the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday.

Carter reportedly was involved in a verbal altercation with teammate Courtney Williams in that game.

The Dream have nine players on the active roster. Tiffany Hayes, another guard, is out until August due to a knee injury.

Atlanta was led by Cheyenne Parker’s 15 points and six rebounds and Crystal Bradford added 12 points and five rebounds.

Connecticut’s Brionna Jones, the reigning WNBA Player of the Week, finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Briann January had 11 points.

The Dream were outrebounded 38-28 and they allowed Connecticut to shoot 51.5 percent from the field. Atlanta was limited to 38.5 percent shooting.

Connecticut scored seven unanswered points to take a 62-52 lead with 1:25 left in the third quarter.

The Sun maintained a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter and built the advantage to 72-57 with 8:32 remaining on a Jonquel Jones 3-pointer.

Atlanta then went on an 8-0 run to cut the gap to seven with 6:13 left when Bradford made a 3-pointer.

The Dream’s Elizabeth Williams made a layup with 4:13 remaining to slice the margin to 74-70. The Dream would not hit another field goal.

The Sun scored eight unanswered points, culminating on a jump shot by January, who made two baskets in the run.

Atlanta went 2:43 without scoring until Aari McDonald made two free throws with 1:30 left to cut the lead to 82-72. McDonald finished with 10 points off the bench.

–Field Level Media

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