Well, perhaps calling it an absolute waffling is inaccurate, as the Sparks did lead 22-15 at the end of the first quarter. However, Connecticut had advantages of eight, 12, and 13 points in each of the three successive quarters as they blew the game wide open in the second half. That has the Sun up 2-0 in the best-of-five series and in need of just one win to advance to their first WNBA Finals since 2005.
Of course, this means beating Los Angeles at home. This is something that the Sun did not accomplish in the 2019 season, losing twice to the Sparks out in California. However, Connecticut doesn’t need to win Game #3, that would just be fun. The Sun only need to win one out of the next three games, and if need be, game #5 will be back at home in Connecticut.
The highlight for this Marquette Golden Eagles website in game #2 is that Natisha Hiedeman made her WNBA playoffs debut. A regular rotation bench player for the Sun since joining the team in mid-season, Hiedeman played seven minutes and added three assists to the proceedings. Head coach Curt Miller did not use Hiedeman in game #1, which was a close affair right up until the end when the Sun put the win in lockdown. He did put her in during the competitive portion of game #2, so we’ll see how Miller wants to use the rookie in her first road playoff environment.
Hiedeman appeared in 20 games for the Sun after being claimed off waivers in early July. She averages 10.3 minutes off the bench, which means regular rotation minutes for a rookie on a title contender. That’s wild. She’s chipping in 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game and is shooting an absolutely ridiculous 46.4% from behind the three-point line.
2019 WNBA SEMIFINALS
#2 Connecticut Sun at #3 Los Angeles Sparks
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: 6pm Central
Location: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, CA