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Thomas and Bonner assist the Solar advance to their fifth straight WNBA semifinals

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The Solar will play the New York Liberty within the WNBA semifinals beginning Sunday.

Connecticut Solar ahead Alyssa Thomas (25) shoots as Minnesota Lynx ahead Dorka Juhasz, proper, defends in the course of the first half of Sport 3 of a WNBA first-round basketball playoff collection Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Minneapolis. AP Picture/Abbie Parr

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Alyssa Thomas tied a career-high with 28 factors, DeWanna Bonner had 25 factors and 10 rebounds, and the Connecticut Solar beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-75 on Wednesday evening to advance to their fifth straight WNBA playoff semifinals.

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Connecticut will play the New York Liberty on Sunday in a best-of-five collection. The Solar misplaced all 4 regular-season video games with the Liberty this season. It was the second consecutive season that the Solar went on the highway to win Sport 3 of their first spherical playoff collection.

Tyasha Harris added 18 factors off the bench for Connecticut. She made 4 of the Solar’s 9 3-pointers. Thomas additionally had 12 assists and 6 rebounds.

Napheesa Collier led Minnesota with 31 factors. Kayla McBride, who scored 28 factors in Sport 2 on Sunday, was held to 10 factors on 3-of-12 capturing.

Connecticut made eight of its first 9 pictures and scored 14 straight factors to take a 20-6 lead. Minnesota was inside 32-29 earlier than Connecticut scored the subsequent 11 factors for a 14-point lead. The Solar made 11 of their final 13 pictures of the primary half, together with Bonner’s baseline jumper simply earlier than the buzzer for a 49-34 lead.

Bonner and Thomas scored or assisted on 40 of the Solar’s 49 first-half factors. Bonner was 5 of 6 from the sector within the first half for 14 factors and Thomas additionally scored 14 factors on 7-of-12 capturing.

Bonner made two 3-pointers within the opening 3:05 of the third quarter for a 57-38 lead.

Bonner turned the third participant in WNBA playoff historical past with 1,000 factors and 500 rebounds, becoming a member of Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker.