WNBA coach of the year Curt Miller has received a contract extension from the Connecticut Sun.
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New York had won 10 straight. Connecticut had kept proving critics wrong. But the WNBA's third and fourth seeds are out of the playoffs are getting upset at home Sunday. Now Washington and Phoenix advance to the semis.
Brittney Griner had 26 points and nine rebounds, Diana Taurasi added 23 points, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 88-83 on Sunday to reach the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.
The WNBA announced Sunday that Connecticut's Curt Miller is the Coach of the Year and the Sun's Jonquel Jones earned the league's most improved player award.
New York went 2-1 against Washington in the regular season. And though the Liberty are the favorite and ride a 10-game win streak into the second round, they should expect to face a much stronger Mystics offense with Elena Delle Donne on court.
Marquee frontcourt matchups headline both games of the second round of Sunday's WNBA playoffs. But while New York is expected to keep its win streak intact, Phoenix might end Connecticut's run.
Minnesota has home-court advantage throughout the postseason.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points, Candace Parker had a double-double and the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with an 81-70 win over Connecticut on Sunday.
Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun had 10 rebounds Sunday to set the WNBA single-season record at 403, eclipsing the old mark of 398 set by Tina Charles in 2010.
Brittney Griner had 20 of her 31 points in the first half and the Phoenix Mercury clinched a home playoff game with an 86-66 win over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.
Alyssa Thomas scored 26 points, Jonquel Jones grabbed 22 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Washington Mystics 86-76 on Tuesday night.
Dallas looks primed to reach the postseason, as the WNBA Basketball Power Index gives the Wings a 96 percent chance to earn a playoff berth. And the Liberty continue to make a push for the third overall seed.
Jessica Breland scored 15 points, Adut Bulgak added a career-high 14 points in her first game of the season, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 96-83 on Friday night.
Alyssa Thomas scored 23 points, Jonquel Jones had 20 points and 17 rebounds for her 18th double-double, and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Dallas Wings 93-87 on Wednesday night.
Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Jonquel Jones added 20 points and eight rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-66 on Sunday.