Sun drop Dream for 3d straight win
Asjha Jones had season highs with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the Atlanta Dream, 82-68, last night in Uncasville, Conn., for their third straight victory.
Erin Phillips scored 17 points, Lindsay Whalen had 14, and Kerri Gardin added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Sun (4-3).
“We haven’t played in a week and the last time we played them we were awful,’’ Jones said, alluding to a 5-point loss to the Dream two weeks earlier. “I was ready to play.’’
Connecticut led by 8 with 9:11 remaining before a 15-5 run secured the win. Phillips made two of her five 3-point field goals during the run.
“This was a really, really good win,’’ Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. “We stunk the last time we played them. We were better in every phase of the game.’’
Iziane Castro-Marques scored 16 points to lead Atlanta (4-5). Erika DeSouza and Angel McCoughtry had 12 points apiece and Chamique Holdsclaw scored 10.
The Sun, playing without rookie center Chante Black (sprained elbow), used a 15-0 run in the second quarter to erase a 9-point deficit and take a 43-35 halftime lead.
Atlanta, playing for the second straight night, didn’t arrive at the arena from the airport until four hours before tipoff.
“I don’t think our play was that bad,’’ Dream coach Marynell Meadors said. “We had some shots that didn’t fall.’’
Fever 63, Liberty 54 - Ebony Hoffman scored 14 points and Tamika Catchings added 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading host Indiana over New York.
Tully Bevilaqua finished with 13 points and Katie Douglas scored 11 for the Fever (6-2), who tied a franchise record with their sixth consecutive win. Indiana, which also won six straight in July 2007, moved one game ahead of Washington atop the Eastern Conference standings.
Lynx 109, Mercury 80 - Candice Wiggins and Roneeka Hodges scored 22 points each, leading Minnesota over Phoenix in Minneapolis.
Nicky Anosike and Renee Montgomery had 15 points each and Rashanda McCants added 11 for the Lynx (6-3), who scored a season high in points to win their second straight. Anosike also had eight rebounds.
Sky 68, Mystics 63 - Candice Dupree scored 23 points and Sylvia Fowles had 5 of her 13 down the stretch as host Chicago beat Washington.
Jia Perkins had 14 points and eight steals and Fowles also had 10 rebounds to help the Sky (5-3) win their franchise-record fourth straight at home.