Final

Sun 89

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Sting 65

 

    7:00 PM ET, June 1, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    CONN 19 23 23 2489
    CHA 15 12 18 2065

    Top Performers

    Connecticut: M. Dydek 16 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Charlotte: L. Bond 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dydek's double-double leads Sun past Sting

    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 Thursday night.

    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 pinky finger.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Connecticut Charlotte
    Points 89 65
    FG Made-Attempted 36-70 (.000) 28-73 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-12 (.333) 4-14 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-14 (.000) 5-10 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-44 10-26
    Assists 18 12
    Turnovers 19 18
    Steals 11 11
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 20 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 21 (0/0)