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Bentley’s Scoring Output Has Sun Looking Rejuvenated

Thus far, 2016 hasn’t been a season to remember for the Connecticut Sun. At 5-13 the Sun are tied with the San Antonio Stars for the worst record in the WNBA. But, the team’s most recent road trip has been a reason to smile for the Sun and their fans.

For the first time all season the Sun have put together two-straight wins.

On Saturday it was 86-83 win in Dallas against the Stars, and on Thursday it was a 93-89 victory over the Lynx in overtime. These wins weren’t cakewalks either, they were hard-fought, grind it out wins over two of the league’s more talented rosters.

The catalyst behind the improved played of the Sun has been Alex Bentley. Bentley was a second-round draft pick in 2013 out of Penn State and after one season in Atlanta she was traded to the Sun prior to the 2014 season. While she struggled to find a place in the Dream rotation she’s seen her production grow incrementally each of the three seasons she’s been in Connecticut.

Last season, the athletic guard was rewarded with her first trip to an All-Star game after averaging a career-high 14.7 points per game.

This year, and in particular this road trip, Bentley has really found her shooting stroke. In the Sun’s two-game win streak Bentley is averaging 22 points and four assists, while also shooting 50% from behind the arc.

Her ability to put the ball on the floor and create her own shot has been on display:

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She’s also shown a fondness for knocking down deep threes with ease:

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While it may be a small sample size it’s a cause for optimism going forward for the Sun. The squad is likely out of playoff contention in 2016 but they may found a stable foundational piece in Alex Bentley going forward.