UNCASVILLE - In many critical respects, this has been a progressive bounce-back season for the Connecticut Sun, a team that fell to its historic low in 2013.

For instance, they matched their win total from last year (10) in the 23rd game, leaving them time to make the numbers look even better before the end of the season.

But this season is not about successful cosmetic surgery. The face is younger and more vibrant, but making there is no guarantee the team will make the postseason unless it starts to string more victories together. And that has been happening.

Sunday’s 76-65 loss to the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA’s defending champion, will not make that road any easier to travel.

The Lynx, blessed with All-Stars and Olympians, were as diverse and difficult to guard as always. Maya Moore, the WNBA’s leading scorer and UConn icon, led them in scoring with 17 points. But Seimone Augustus (13 points) and Lindsay Whalen (11 points, three assists) were right in step.

They even benefitted from a pair of first-half three-pointers from former Sun Tan White, greeted warmly in her first game back at the casino since her decision to sign with the Lynx

But the nail was driven home by center Janel McCarville, who scored 11 points and seven reboiunds. Her twisting straightaway three at the end of the shot clock gave the Lynx a 17-point lead (57-40) with 1:19 to play in the third.

The Sun, who were lead by Kelsey Bone’s 15 points, cut the lead to seven on a Katie Douglas three with 1:12 to play. But they could not recover any further than that.

Now on a three-game losing streak (10-16), the Sun head to the road f games in Atlanta (Tuesday),  San Antonio (Thursday) and Los Angeles (Saturday) that will weigh heavily on the race. The Sun has won just three of its first 13 road games this season.