June 25, 2005 |
The Connecticut Sun overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to win a matchup of the WNBA's top teams Friday night, dismissing the Sacramento Monarchs, 61-50, at Arco Arena. The Eastern Conference-leading Sun (9-2) produced a 25-4 run to take a 55-45 lead with 4:04 left. DeMya Walker scored 12 of her game-high 16 points in the first half for Monarchs (8-3).
June 21, 2005 |
The Sparks knew coming into Monday's game that the Connecticut Sun was the WNBA's highest-scoring team. During the game Los Angeles found out why. The defending Eastern Conference champions burned the Sparks with a rip-roaring fastbreak style that built a 20-point halftime lead and went on to produce a 90-70 victory before 7,246 at Staples Center. It was the eighth consecutive victory (a franchise record) for the 8-1 Sun, which hasn't lost since its season opener against Detroit on May 21.
October 9, 2004 |
The Connecticut Sun did all it could do Friday with its one home game in the WNBA Finals. The Sun built a 16-point second-half lead and held off the Seattle Storm, 68-64, before a sold-out crowd of 9,341 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. Now, the Eastern Conference champions have to hope the adage that championships are won on the road is true because Game 2 is Sunday afternoon at Seattle, and, if necessary, Game 3 will be at KeyArena too.
October 4, 2004 |
The Connecticut Sun are heading to the WNBA Finals for first time. Taj McWilliams-Franklin's 18 points and nine rebounds Sunday at Uncasville, Conn., led the Sun to a 60-57 victory over the New York Liberty for a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals. "I thought she kind of willed us to win between her rebounding and her help on defense," Sun Coach Mike Thibault said of McWilliams-Franklin.
June 15, 2004 |
A bunch of bad habits resurfaced in the Sparks on Monday night. They were careless with the ball, unable to sustain any second-half momentum and gave the Connecticut Sun plenty of opportunities to steal a road victory. If this had been last year's veteran Sun team, that victory might have been theirs. But this is a Connecticut squad with seven new players, including five rookies. And they let the Sparks escape with a 76-74 overtime victory in front of 8,862 at Staples Center.
May 14, 2004 |
Forward Delisha Milton-Jones of the Sparks tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in February, and it was thought she would have to sit out the WNBA season. But she underwent treatment and, wearing a knee brace, played 14 minutes Thursday night in a 77-54 exhibition victory over the Connecticut Sun in front of 3,011 in Uncasville, Conn. She scored three points and had four rebounds. * The Connecticut Sun and Mohegan Sun Arena will play host to the 2005 WNBA All-Star game.
August 31, 2003 |
Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 16 points and Katie Douglas had 13 as the Connecticut Sun beat the Charlotte Sting, 68-62, Saturday to complete a sweep of the best-of-three Eastern Conference semifinal series. Shannon Johnson finished with eight assists as Connecticut, formerly the Orlando Miracle, advanced to the conference finals to play either Detroit or Cleveland.
August 29, 2003 |
Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 20 points, including the game-winning layup with 2.3 seconds left, to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 68-66 victory over the Charlotte Sting in Game 1 of their best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference playoff series. McWilliams-Franklin scored eight points in Connecticut's closing 10-2 run over the final five minutes. She made a three-pointer and was fouled by Dawn Staley with 1:45 left and converted the four-point play to pull Connecticut within 66-64.
July 7, 2003 |
The Connecticut Sun overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat the New York Liberty, 62-58, Sunday in front of 6,154 at Uncasville, Conn. Nykesha Sales and Shannon Johnson sparked the Sun's second-half rally. They each scored six points during the final 3:27. An 18-foot jump shot by Sales with 1:15 left gave the Sun a 57-55 lead. Her two free throws with 18.2 seconds left clinched the victory. Sales finished with 14 points and became the 21st player in WNBA history to reach 2,000 points.
July 5, 2003 |
Taj McWilliams-Franklin made a layup with 3.3 seconds left to give the Connecticut Sun a 69-67 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs Friday night in front of 4,038. The winning play was nearly identical to McWilliams-Franklin's buzzer-beater in Connecticut's 65-63 victory over Washington on June 24. The Sun (8-8) rallied from a 16-point deficit late in the first half by stepping up its defense and outrebounding the much taller Monarchs, 20-11, in the second half.