The Connecticut Sun's postseason chances have taken a big hit from a rough stretch that includes a loss to the last-place Atlanta Dream.
Slumping Connecticut has an opportunity for payback when the teams begin a home-and-home series Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena but may be without one of its top scorers.
Three straight losses have the Sun (12-13) three games out of a playoff spot with nine to play. They've allowed an average of 88.0 points during the skid and had trouble stopping the Dream in a 90-77 road defeat last Sunday.
The Sun were more competitive in Friday's 84-76 overtime loss at Tulsa despite Alex Bentley exiting in the first quarter with a sprained ankle. The team's second-leading scorer is uncertain for Sunday's contest.
Connecticut is already without starting forward Alyssa Thomas and reserve center Elizabeth Williams due to shoulder and knee injuries, respectively.
"We have more people in street clothes than we do in uniform," center Kelsey Bone said. "For us, we've got to keep playing, and we've got to keep playing hard and hoping that things will take care of themselves."
A return home could help get the Sun back on track. They've won four of five at Mohegan Sun Arena and cruised to an 82-64 victory over the Dream in Uncasville on June 14. Bone and Shekinna Stricklen each had 18 points and combined to shoot 16 for 20.
Jennifer Lacy's strong recent play could help offset the potential absence of Bentley (14.7 ppg). After tying a career high with 21 points in last week's loss to the Dream, the veteran forward had 20 against Tulsa.
Atlanta (9-16) is all but out of the playoff race despite playing better of late, having won two of three prior to testing East-leading New York on Friday in Madison Square Garden. The Dream led by two late in the third quarter before faltering down the stretch in a 78-67 loss.
Reshanda Gray finished with only three points against the Liberty after netting a career-high 18 on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench in last week's win over Connecticut. Shoni Schimmel had 15 points against the Sun and is averaging 13.3 over the last four games.
Atlanta has dropped six of seven on the road and is 3-10 as the visitor. The Dream also have struggled in Uncasville, having gone 3-13 all-time there and losing in five straight trips.
The teams will square off again Tuesday in Atlanta.