Final

Sun 89

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Mystics 80

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    6:00 PM ET, May 19, 2007

    1 2 3 4 T
    CONN 27 22 20 2089
    WSH 23 19 24 1480

    Top Performers

    Connecticut: L. Whalen 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    Washington: C. Melvin 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl

    Sales' scores 20, gets key steal in Sun's win over Mystics

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- Nykesha Sales had 20 points and the Connecticut Sun opened the season with a road win for the first time in franchise history with an 89-80 victory over the Washington Mystics on Saturday.

    After Nakia Sanford's jumper pulled the Mystics to 81-80 with 59 seconds remaining, the Sun made eight straight free throws capped by Katie Douglas' pair with 16.7 seconds left.

    Sales stripped the ball from DeLisha Milton-Jones with 43 seconds left and Lindsay Whalen, helped by a Mystics' lane violation, made two free throws for an 85-80 lead.

    Whalen, who had 18 points and four steals, made four free throws during the Sun's 8-0 game-ending run. Two came from a flagrant foul on Crystal Robinson that ended the Mystics' chances with 21.1 seconds left.

    Chasity Melvin led the Mystics with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Milton-Jones added 20 points and three blocks.

    Douglas' 3-pointer from the left wing gave the Sun the lead for good at 81-78 with 1:45 remaining.

    Milton-Jones' 3-pointer gave the Mystics, who trailed by nine points in the first half, their first lead of the second half at 75-74 with 4:45 remaining in fourth quarter.

    Sales had 13 points and Whalen added 10 in the first half to lead Connecticut to a 49-42 halftime lead.

    The Sun's Asjha Jones left with a bloody nose midway through the first quarter. She returned and finished with six points, six rebounds and four assists.

    Mystics guard Alana Beard, a 2006 WNBA second-team selection who averaged 15.4 points last season, missed the game with a strained left shoulder. She is expected to return Tuesday night when the Mystics host the Sacramento Monarchs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

      Connecticut Washington
    Points 89 80
    FG Made-Attempted 26-67 (.000) 30-66 (.000)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-21 (.286) 5-13 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 31-35 (.000) 15-19 (.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-33 10-33
    Assists 16 16
    Turnovers 14 17
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 6 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (0/0)