A win in Atlanta last weekend is part of a surprising start for the depleted Connecticut Sun.
The Sun will try to keep rolling with a third straight victory Sunday when they host the Dream, who will also attempt to win their third in a row.
Coming off two straight last-place finishes in the Eastern Conference, the Sun's outlook for this year seemed bleak due to the absences of reigning Rookie of the Year Chiney Ogwumike and starting guard Allison Hightower because of knee surgeries. Additionally, the team's second-leading scorer from 2014, Katie Douglas, retired after 14 years in the league.
Connecticut's season began with a 73-68 loss to Washington on June 5, but the Sun have followed with victories over last year's first-place finisher in the East, Atlanta, and WNBA finalist Chicago.
Alyssa Thomas hit a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left in a 67-65 home win over the Sky on Thursday and scored eight of her 14 points in the final 4:03. Alex Bentley had a team-best 16 points and is averaging 16.7 through three games, 4.5 more than in 2014.
Bentley had 17 points in a 75-70 victory over Atlanta last Sunday, and Connecticut (2-1) scored 31 off the Dream's 25 turnovers.
"I think, my team as a whole, we played well together. I'm really proud of them for battling and playing hard," Bentley said after beating Atlanta.
The Dream (2-2) bounced back from their 0-2 start with a pair of three-point victories on back-to-back days. The latest came Friday when they trailed by 11 with eight minutes remaining but rallied for a 64-61 win over Washington, taking the lead for good on Angel McCoughtry's 3-pointer with 27.9 seconds to go.
McCoughtry tallied 10 of her 21 points in the final 7:25 and has scored more than 20 in three of her four games. She was held to 10 points against Connecticut.
Sancho Lyttle had a team-leading 16 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to the Sun, who have won their past four home games in the series. The Dream are 4-12 all-time in Connecticut, including the playoffs.
The Sun will attempt to take three in a row over the Dream for the first time since winning the initial three matchups in 2008.