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Sun's late-game run stings Charlotte

Katie Douglas made sure Connecticut coach Mike Thibault's fears didn't materialize.

Douglas scored 15 points and the WNBA-best Sun closed with a 17-2 run to beat the league-worst Sting, 64-55, yesterday in Charlotte, N.C.

''Shoot, I was nervous all last night," Thibault said. ''These are the hardest games to play. No matter if they admit it or not, players look at the other team's record and think, 'We'll be OK.' It scared the heck out of me."

Thibault had reason for concern when the Sting (3-16) built a 53-47 lead with 5:57 left. Then Connecticut (15-4) went on a 9-0 run to take the lead. Douglas scored the final 5 points of the spurt, including a driving, over-the-shoulder scoop shot with 2:59 left that put Connecticut ahead, 56-53.

Mystics 74, Sparks 68 -- DeLisha Milton-Jones scored 15 points against her former team, helping give Washington its first win over host Los Angeles in its eight-year history.

Lynx 66, Fever 45 -- Vanessa Hayden scored all 6 of her points during a decisive 15-2 surge in the second half to help Minnesota beat visiting Indiana.

Comets 58, Monarchs 54 -- Sheryl Swoopes scored 22 points for Houston, which defeated visiting Sacramento for the first time in more than a year.

Storm 87, Liberty 78 -- Iziane Castro Marques had a career-high 20 points and Betty Lennox added 18, leading host Seattle to its third straight victory.

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