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SUN 89, LIBERTY 71

Hot Sun roll past Liberty

New York suffers 11th straight loss

NEW YORK -- Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 22 points and Katie Douglas and Lindsay Whalen added 16 apiece to lead the first-place Connecticut Sun to an 89-71 victory over New York last night, handing the Liberty their franchise-record 11th straight loss.

Asjha Jones had 13 and Erin Phillips 10 to lead Connecticut (18-6) to its fourth straight win. The Sun won their third straight at Madison Square Garden, and improved the league's top road record to 9-4. McWilliams-Franklin shot 11 for 15, tying a career high for made field goals, and Douglas had a season-high six assists.

``It's just really lucky that I'm on a great team and I get the ball in situations I can score," McWilliams-Franklin said.

``I'm just thankful to be in a position to do it. I know my game. I'm confident in what I can do for this team."

Cathrine Kraayeveld scored a career-high 22 points and Erin Thorn added 19 -- including buzzer-beating 3-pointers at the end of the first and third quarters -- for New York (4-20). The Liberty matched expansion Chicago for league's worst home record at 2-9.

Connecticut used a 10-2 run, keyed by two threes from Douglas, to take a 57-46 lead midway through the third quarter. Douglas made three free throws and Jamie Carey hit a jumper to give the Sun a 15-point lead with 16 seconds left.

However, Thorn threw up a two-handed, over-the-head shot from beyond halfcourt just before the buzzer to pull New York to 68-56.

Phillips's three with 7:14 left in the game gave Connecticut its biggest lead at 77-58. Her second trey matched the 19-point advantage 3 1/2 minutes later.

Becky Hammon, New York's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, missed her sixth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.

Leading rebounder Kelly Schumacher is out for the rest of the season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in her right knee last Thursday in Sacramento.

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