The WNBA Playoffs continued this weekend with the first of the semifinals matchups between the No. 2 seed New York Liberty and the No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun. The Sun struck first with a 78-63 win in Game 1, stealing homecourt advantage away from the Liberty. It's a significant win considering the fact that the Sun went 0-4 against the the Liberty in head to head matchups during the regular season. The Sun were led by DeWanna Bonner's game-high 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The veteran star has been a key leader for the team this season and after the game she was honest about the Sun pulling off the win.
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Throughout the season, the Liberty have been heralded as the team most likely to dethrone the Las Vegas Aces, all the while the Sun have quietly established themselves as a contender in their own right. DeWanna Bonner is a big part of why the Sun can win a championship this season. She's the only player on the team with a championship ring, multiple at that, and she's having one of the best seasons of her career.
Through the Sun's first three WNBA Playoffs games, Bonner had been averaging a playoff career-high 22.0 points per game, 10.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shots with splits of 44 percent shooting from the field, 44 percent shooting from the three-point line and 73.3 percent shooting from the free-throw line.
Bonner joined the Sun as a free agent for the 2020 season after spending the first nine seasons of her career with the Phoenix Mercury. A five-time All-Star, Bonner was a key part of the Mercury's 2009 and 2014 title teams.