Alyssa Thomas returned as the Connecticut Sun recorded a franchise-record 13th consecutive victory on Wednesday.
Thomas contributed six points and three rebounds in the Sun’s 98-69 victory over the New York Liberty. She’s less than nine months removed from Achilles surgery in January following an injury while playing overseas in the Czech Republic.
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“I’ve been watching this team fight and compete all season,” Thomas said of the Sun, who are currently 25-6 and have earned the top spot in the WNBA playoffs. “And I’ve just been waiting to get out there with them. A lot of hard work, a lot of bad days, a lot of good days. But I had great support. It was a grind, definitely one of the toughest things I’ve ever been through.
“I’ve been visualizing this day for a while. I was anxious, excited, just a ball of energy. This team is firing on all engines, and I just want to come in and make it that much easier for them.”
Sun coach Curt Miller believes that the Suns’ longest-tenured player will only get better as she continues to get more game time.
“Right now, there’s still some rust,” Miller said. “They came with some congestion and gave her some trouble; you could see she lost her balance a few times. But she’s such a smart player and passer.
“Anyone who comes back off a serious injury, there’s a psychological factor. She has to have confidence and believe she’s healthy because physicality is so important for her. I was going to be happy for her if she just got back for her international season. But she got back to benefit all of us. It’s a credit to how hard Alyssa works.”
Elsewhere, six Sun players scored in double-digits, led by the duo of DeWanna Bonner and Jonquel Jones, who each had 18 points apiece. Jones followed up her high-scoring night with 13 rebounds to secure the double-double.
The Sun finish off the regular season against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.