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WNBA Preview: Connecticut Sun (0-0) at New York Liberty (0-0)

Semi-Finals Game 1: Series tied 0-0
The New York Liberty host the Connecticut Sun in Game 1 of a highly anticipated Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday afternoon at Brooklyn.

The Liberty swept the Washington Mystics in the first round, scoring 90 points in both games to win their first playoff series since 2015. They hope to keep that offense rolling against the Sun, who needed three games to put away the Minnesota Lynx.

New York used a balanced attack to eliminate Washington with a 90-85 overtime victory Tuesday. Sabrina Ionescu managed only 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting but three others — Breanna Stewart (27), Betnijah Laney (19) and Jonquel Jones (19) — all stepped up.

The Sun, the defending Eastern Conference champions, topped Minnesota 90-75 in Wednesday’s decisive Game 3. DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win while becoming the fifth player in league history to reach 1,000 career playoff points.

Alyssa Thomas led the Sun with 28 points and 12 assists. She scored 69 points in the three playoff games against the Lynx and earned high praise from Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve after the series finale in Minneapolis.

New York and Connecticut finished second and third, respectively, in the overall WNBA standings in the regular season. The Liberty swept all four regular-season meetings against the Sun.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Tuesday at Brooklyn.

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