Connecticut wins battle of conference leaders / WNBA
After a recent hiccup, the Connecticut Sun is back to being one of the best teams in the league. Kara Lawson was one of three players with...
MINNEAPOLIS — After a recent hiccup, the Connecticut Sun is back to being one of the best teams in the league.
Kara Lawson was one of three players with double-doubles, scoring 22 points and adding 10 rebounds, and the Sun held on to beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-80 on Saturday in a matchup of conference leaders.
It is the first time in Sun history that three players had double-doubles.
Tina Charles had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Asjha Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds, the fourth straight game each player has recorded a double-double.
"When you play a good team, no matter who it is, you want to limit them to one shot," Lawson said. "That's what you do on the defensive glass. Obviously, offensive rebounds gave us extra opportunities. When we went cold in the second half, I thought we got three or four really big offensive rebounds. We were able to pull it back out or we were able to get the putback."
It was the second straight victory for Connecticut (12-4), which won 86-75 in Tulsa on Friday. The wins come after a stretch where the Sun lost two of three, including a 34-point defeat at Indiana and an overtime home loss to Seattle.
Connecticut now leads Indiana by 2 ½ games.
Maya Moore led Minnesota with 19 points while Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 15 for the Lynx (13-4), who have lost three straight for the first time since July 17-29, 2010. The defeat was Minnesota's first in nine home games this season.
At Indiana 88, Chicago 86
Tamika Catchings had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Fever to a win over the Sky.
Catchings became the first player in WNBA history to make 1,500 career free throws.
Jessica Davenport scored 15 points for the Fever (9-6).
Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Sky (8-7), which has lost six of seven.
at Phoenix 93 (2OT)
Sancho Lyttle scored a career-high 31 points, including five in the second overtime, to lead the Dream (8-8) past the Mercury.
DeWanna Bonner had 27 points, 15 rebounds and six steals to lead the Mercury (4-12).