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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.