Connecticut Sun defeats Las Vegas in Game Three of the WNBA Finals

UNCASVILLE – Natisha Hedman gets Alyssa Thomas’ pass over the arc. She stopped and did a simple dummy pump before releasing the ball.

It moved across the net, giving the Connecticut Sun a double lead over seeded Las Vegas Aces.

Hiedeman turned around to face the crowd of 8,700 people at the Mohegan Sun Arena. She clasped her hands in prayer and brought them to her cheek before nodding “good night” to Las Vegas. The Sun fans once again chanted in support, waving their white rally flags in the air.

Third seed Connecticut State avoided elimination Thursday night, defeating the top seed Las Vegas 105-76 to extend the WNBA Finals to Game 4.

The teams will meet Sunday in Mohegan at 4 p.m. (ESPN) with elimination still at stake for Sun, who is now down 2-1 to the Aces in their best of five series. If a game 5 is needed, the two will be back in Vegas to play Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

Playing under pressure is nothing new to the sun. Connecticut State thrives on its back against the wall and has gone 4-0 in elimination games so far this post-season, including wins over Dallas 2-1 in the first round and Chicago 3-2 in the semi-finals.

Not only does the sun know how to maintain its composition but it does so in a historical way.