Katie Douglas scored 19 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 17 to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 86-72 win over the last-place Chicago Sky last night in Uncasville, Conn.
Connecticut (16-6) dominated inside with the tandem of McWilliams-Franklin and 7-foot-2-inch Margo Dydek. McWilliams-Franklin had a team-high eight rebounds and Dydek finished with 12 points, 4 blocked shots, and 6 boards. The Sun's 29 defensive rebounds fueled their uptempo transition game as they piled up their points from fast breaks.
Rookie Erin Phillips, starting in place of an injured Nykesha Sales, had a career-high six assists for the Sun. Sales missed her fourth straight game because of a sore hip and Achilles' tendon.
Monarchs 71, Liberty 62 -- Nicole Powell scored 8 of her 13 points in the first quarter to help host Sacramento beat slumping New York.
Sting 86, Storm 72 -- Sheri Sam scored 23 points to lead Charlotte past visiting Seattle.
Comets 78, Lynx 55 -- Sheryl Swoopes scored 24 points and Michelle Snow added 13 to lead host Houston past Minnesota.