Sun 84

(10-3, 5-2 away)

Sky 79

(1-12, 0-7 home)

    8:30 PM ET, June 23, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    CONN 23 15 20 2684
    CHI 18 22 25 1479

    Top Performers

    Connecticut: N. Sales 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

    Chicago: C. Dupree 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Sun melt struggling Sky in fierce battle of nature

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Katie Douglas scored 19 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 17 to lead the Connecticut Sun to an easy 86-72 win over the last-place Chicago Sky on Thursday night.

    Connecticut (16-6) dominated inside with the tandem of McWilliams-Franklin and 7-foot-2 Margo Dydek. McWilliams-Franklin had a team-high eight boards and Dydek finished with 12 points, four blocked shots and six boards. The Sun's 29 defensive rebounds fueled their uptempo transition game as they piled up their points from the fastbreaks.

    The Sun had a season-high 25 assists on 33 field goals. Lindsay Whalen led the way with seven assists and rookie Erin Phillips, starting in place of an injured Nykesha Sales had a career high six assists. Whalen and Phillips also combined for six of Connecticut's 14 steals.

    Sales, averaging 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, missed her fourth straight game due to a sore hip and Achilles' tendon. Her status is day-to-day.

    Chicago (3-19) has lost 10 straight road games since opening its inaugural season with an 83-82 win at Charlotte on May 20.

    The Sun pressed and ran for most of the first half to quickly turn a close game into a blowout. Connecticut led by as many as 27 in the second half, and even with the Sun reserves in for most of the second half, the Sky never threatened.

    The Sun led 48-32 at the half and opened the third quarter with an 11-0 run. Chicago never recovered. Up 17 after three quarters, Connecticut played its reserves for most of the last 10 minutes. The Sky whittled away and with 4:06 left, a Jia Perkins' jumper cut the deficit to 13 points. Sun coach Mike Thibault reinserted starters Whalen, Douglas and Phillips and Chicago would get no closer.

    Perkins scored 21 for Chicago, matching her career high. Bernadette Ngoyisa had 14 and rookie Candice Dupree finished with 12 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Connecticut Chicago
    Points 84 79
    FG Made-Attempted 30-67 (.000) 31-72 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-18 (.444) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-17 (.000) 10-15 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 8-27
    Assists 22 16
    Turnovers 16 9
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 10 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (1/0) 18 (0/0)