- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008

Sun 87, Mystics 79

UNCASVILLE, Conn. | Asjha Jones scored 16 points as Connecticut opened the second half with a 19-0 run en route to a victory over Washington on Sunday.

The Sun (7-1) won their fourth-straight game and took a half-game lead over Detroit atop the Eastern Conference.

Monique Currie scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Mystics (2-6), who rallied from a 24-point deficit to pull within eight in the fourth quarter.

Currie shot 11-for-16 from the field and added six rebounds and four assists before fouling out late in the fourth. Alana Beard added 21 points for the Mystics.

Lindsay Whalen had 15 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Sun.

The Sun led 41-38 at the half, then blew open the game with a 19-0 run to start the third. Washington didn’t score in the third period until Coco Miller hit a jump shot with 3:07 left.

Barbara Turner added 15 points for Connecticut, and Tamika Whitmore scored 13.

Lynx 90, Silver Stars 78

MINNEAPOLIS | Rookie Charde Houston scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half to help Minnesota hold off San Antonio.

Houston scored seven consecutive points in a nearly seven-minute second-half stretch while her teammates went cold, keeping the Lynx ahead throughout before a 20-5 run midway through the fourth quarter put San Antonio away.

Seimone Augustus scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the first half as Minnesota (6-1) shook off its first loss of the season Friday at Connecticut and remained undefeated in three home games. Rookie Candice Wiggins also scored in double figures for the Lynx with 17, hitting 13 of 14 free throws.

Becky Hammon also scored in double-figures for San Antonio with 14, but the Silver Stars’ second-leading scorer this season shot just 3-for-16 from the floor. Erin Buescher chipped in 10.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Lynx jumped ahead by as many as 13 points in the third quarter. But Wauters scored seven points as the Silver Stars closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to cut their deficit to six.

Monarchs 70, Liberty 63

NEW YORK | Ticha Penicheiro scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to rally Sacramento over New York.

Nicole Powell had 13 points, Kara Lawson and Adrian Williams-Strong had 11 each, and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 for Sacramento (3-4). Williams-Strong also had nine rebounds.

Lisa Willis scored 11 points, Cathrine Kraayeveld had 10 and Tiffany Jackson added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Liberty (3-4), who had won two straight overall and three in a row at home. New York shot 35 percent from the field, including just 6-for-21 on 3-pointers.

Leilani Mitchell, making her second straight start in place of the injured Loree Moore for the Liberty, finished with just two points but had a team season-high eight assists.

After Willis’ 3-pointer gave New York a 56-50 lead with 8:10 left in the fourth quarter, the Monarchs went on a 15-1 run to take an eight point lead. Lawson’s three-point play with 3:43 to go capped a 10-point spurt and gave Sacramento a four-point lead, and her 3-pointer 1:19 later pushed the advantage to 65-57.



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