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Rebecca Allen returns for Connecticut Sun in WNBA semifinals

Rebecca Allen has been a difference-maker for the Connecticut Sun in the 2023 playoffs. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Rebecca Allen continues to be a difference-maker for the Connecticut Sun in the 2023 WNBA playoffs.

The 30-year-old guard from Australia missed Friday’s Game 3 of the WNBA semifinals due to illness, but she returned with a bang for the Sun to start Sunday’s Game 4 against the New York Liberty. With a 3-pointer late in the first quarter, she put her team up five points, though the Liberty battled back to take a 45-44 lead into the halftime break.

While Allen started 13 games for Sun in 2023 regular season, she played in all 40, and she moved into the starting lineup in the second half of the season. She had started every playoff game before Game 3 of the semifinals.

Allen averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in regular season, but she had averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebonds in the playoffs heading into Sunday’s Game 4. She contributed 18 points and 7 rebounds in Game 1 of the semifinals, a 78-63 win for Connecticut at New York’s Barclays Center, though the Liberty won the next two games in the best-of-five series.

For the first seven seasons of Allen’s career, she played with the Liberty, but she was traded to the Sun in the offseason as part of the trade that sent 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones to New York.