CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nykesha Sales scored 18 points and Margo
Dydek had 16 points and tied a team record with 15 rebounds to lead
the Connecticut Sun to an 89-65 win over the Charlotte Sting on
Katie Douglas added 13 points for the Sun (3-1), who shot 51
percent and held a 44-26 rebounding advantage.
Rookie LaToya Bond scored 14 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added
13 points for the Sting (1-3), who lost to Connecticut for the
sixth straight time, dating to 2004.
The Sun, who led by 15 at halftime, put it out of reach with a
17-8 run to start the third quarter. Sales had three field goals,
including a 3-pointer, and two free throws in the spurt.
Charlotte, which shot 38 percent and committed 20 turnovers,
trailed by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin had eight points and eight rebounds for
the Sun despite playing with a splint to protect an injured right
The Sun dominated the glass early against Charlotte. The
7-foot-2 Dydek had two putbacks as Connecticut took a 15-9 lead.
The Sun went ahead 30-20 on Dydek's baseline jumper with 4:17 left
in the first half.
Dydek's 15 rebounds matched McWilliams-Franklin's franchise
record, set in 1999 against Cleveland.
McWilliams-Franklin's leaner in the lane in the closing seconds
gave Connecticut a 42-27 halftime lead as former University of
Connecticut star Rudy Gay watched from a courtside seat. Gay was in
town for a Friday pre-draft workout with the NBA's Bobcats.