- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2011

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Connecticut’s Danielle McCray had more than a year to think about what it would be like to play her first WNBA game.

Saturday’s 89-73 win over Washington exceeded her expectations.

McCray, who suffered a knee injury during her senior season at Kansas and sat out her rookie year with the Sun, scored 14 points, hit all five shots she took from the field and had four 3-pointers.

Tina Charles had 18 points and six rebounds to lead Connecticut. Renee Montgomery added 15 points and Asjha Jones scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half.

Nicky Anosike, who was acquired from the Minnesota Lynx two days before the WNBA draft, and Crystal Langhorne each had 16 points to lead Washington.

Coach Trudi Lacey, in her first year with Washington, said she saw a lot to build upon. “We’re all kind of new and young, but it will come together,” Lacey said.

The Sun led by 15 with just over 6 minutes left before Washington made a final push. A 3-point shot from Kelly Miller cut the Sun’s lead to 78-68 with just over 3 minutes to play, but a steal by Tan White and a layup from Charles allowed Connecticut to cruise to the finish.

The Mystics’ Alana Beard, who was expected back from an ankle injury that kept her out all of last season, was in street clothes. Lacey said she suffered a bruised left foot in the preseason and is “day to day.”

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