- The Washington Times - Monday, June 21, 2004

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The Connecticut Sun broke their losing streak yesterday thanks to a simpler game plan.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin dominated inside with 19 points and eight rebounds and the Sun snapped a two-game skid with a 75-65 win over the Washington Mystics. The win also lifted Connecticut out of last place in the Eastern Conference.

“We just got the ball in places where we could score,” McWilliams-Franklin said. “Either you shoot if you’re not covered or you pass it out and let somebody else shoot it. I think we played real simple tonight.”

The Sun defense made it tough on Chamique Holdsclaw, holding her to four field goals. Holdsclaw finished with 20 points — 12 from the free throw line.

Katie Douglas added 18 points for Connecticut, which never trailed and countered every rally with a strong inside game. Connecticut outscored Washington 34-20 in the paint and finished with a 37-32 edge on the boards.

The Sun led by as many as 17 in the first half. Douglas hit two of her three 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the period, and the Sun went into halftime up 43-26, their largest lead of the game.

Washington battled back from the perimeter in the second half. Stacey Dales-Schuman, who finished with 17 points, hit four 3s in the second half to help the Mystics close the gap.

In yesterday’s other WNBA game, Allison Feaster scored 20 points and made the tie-breaking 3-pointer in double overtime to give the Charlotte Sting a 68-63 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks.

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