UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Tina Charles had no idea that it was
such a historic night for some of her Connecticut Sun teammates
Saturday until she overheard reporters talking in the locker room.
Charles suddenly began bellowing to her teammates, happily
informing them that Tan White had just eclipsed 2,000 career points
and Kara Lawson exceeded 600 career assists.
A rousing cheer ensued in the locker room, following
Connecticut's 82-75 victory over Washington.
"I'm excited that they're excited," said White, who had a nine
points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Charles and Renee Montgomery scored 16 points apiece.
Connecticut (15-8) held Washington scoreless for a five-minute
stretch in the fourth period while snapping a 63-63 tie to take
lead for good.
Danielle McCray scored 12 points for the Sun, and Lawson added
Lawson and White each hit 3-pointers in the final 2:08 to help
the Sun seal the game.
Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics (5-16) with 17 points despite
battling foul trouble. Langhorne missed all but 24 seconds of the
third period when she was whistled for her fourth foul.
Matee Ajavon and Marisa Coleman had 14 points apiece for
Washington and DeMya Walker, cut by Connecticut earlier this
season, had 12.
Connecticut went 11 for 11 at the free-throw line in the first
half and led 44-43 at halftime.
The Mystics, playing their second game in two nights, shot 69
percent (11 of 16) and led 29-26 after the first period.
"I don't know if it was their hot shooting or our bad
defense," Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. "But after the
first quarter we looked like we were supposed to look."
The Sun attempted 29 free throws and Washington attempted seven.
"We have played with tremendous heart and determination all
year. There have been games that we have come up short, but we have
been in every single game right up until the end," Washington
coach Trudi Lacey said. "We played a tight game, we weren't as
aggressive as I would have liked us to be. Connecticut shot 29 free
throws and we only shot seven, and I thought that was the big
difference in the game."