Sun close out Storm late to bring end to Seattle's home win streak

SEATTLE (AP) -- Asijha Jones scored 15 points, Barbara Turner and Lindsay Whalen had 13 each, and the Connecticut Sun snapped Seattle's 10-game home winning streak with a 74-67 win over the Storm on Monday night.

Lauren Jackson led Seattle (7-6) with 26 points. Sue Bird had 13 points and five assists. The Storm, coming off two road losses, had won their first six home games this season and a record-tying 10 in a row over the last two years.

"You always want to defend your home court coming off a two-game losing streak," Bird said. "It was a chance to be back home in a comfort zone and to get back to playing well. I don't think we played bad. But it's tough losing this one."

The Sun led 57-50 early in the fourth quarter before the Storm rallied to go ahead 65-63 on a basket by Sheryl Swoopes with 2:20 left.

Turner responded with a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to give the Sun a 66-65 lead with 1:15 remaining.

"Our offensive play broke down," said Turner, who finished 4-for-6 from 3-point range. "Lindsay drove to the baseline and didn't really have a shot, so I just slid to the corner and she found me and I knocked the shot in."

Jackson answered with two free throws before Jones scored an inside basket to make it 68-67 with 42 seconds left.

After Jackson missed a 3-pointer, Whalen made two free throws to push the lead to 70-67 with 27.8 seconds left. Swoopes then missed a 3-pointer and Whalen hit two more free throws to extend the lead to five. The Sun's Tamika Whitmore then tossed in two free throws to end the game.

The Sun (9-2) had a five-game winning streak snapped Friday at Los Angeles, losing 98-93 in overtime.

Turner, who played for Seattle in 2006, made two 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Sun lead 55-50 after three quarters. The Storm led 50-47 before Turner hit a 3, Jones converted a three-point play and Sandrine Gruda scored an inside basket.

The Storm led by as many as 11 points early in the second quarter. But the Sun used a 22-10 run to lead 37-36 at halftime.

Frustrated about an 11-2 deficit and four quick turnovers, Sun coach Mike Thibault benched his starters less than five minutes into the game. The starters returned at the beginning of the second quarter and rallied from a 26-15 deficit.

"We're good enough to have the depth to be able to do that," Thibault said. "Our bench has been playing great most of the year. I thought they played really well and we got a spark from almost everybody."