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Douglas keeps Sun shining in New York

Katie Douglas didn't want to give the New York Liberty the chance for another late comeback.

Douglas scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 16 points as the first-place Connecticut Sun cruised to a 75-60 victory over the Liberty yesterday in New York.

``Just trying to do my part," Douglas said. ``Defensively, offensively, just trying to take care of business and not let New York get a glimmer of hope."

In the Liberty's last game, they rallied from a 5-point deficit in the last 28 seconds of the fourth quarter en route to an 89-79 overtime win against the Los Angeles Sparks Saturday.

``We saw what they did against LA," Douglas said. ``We just didn't want to put ourselves in that position."

Douglas made a free throw and a 3-pointer in the first 1 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to stretch the Sun's lead to 56-44, and they led by double digits the rest of the way. After scoring just 4 points in the first half, she was 3 for 5 from the floor and 6 for 8 from the free-throw line after the break.

Nykesha Sales had 11 points and Margo Dydek added 10 to help Connecticut (5-1) win its third straight and beat New York for the second time this season.

``The effort part was so good, and the energy was so good," Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. ``We had some turnovers and the ball bounced the other way. But overall, I'm pretty happy with it."

Kelly Schumacher scored 14 points, rookie Sherill Baker had 13, and Cathrine Kraayeveld 10 for the last-place Liberty (1-5).

``There were some good spots, but clearly, we have a lot of work to do," New York coach Pat Coyle said. ``I don't know why we didn't come out with a lot more energy. I don't know if it was because of the big win the other day, and the emotional letdown. That just can't happen."

Sales's rebound with just over 7 minutes remaining in the game was the 1,000th of her career.

Connecticut shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded New York, 28-26. The Sun, the top free-throw shooting team in the league, were 13 for 15 from the line.

After going 32 for 37 on free throws against the Sparks, the Liberty made 5 of 7 against Connecticut.

Fever 83, Mystics 70 -- Tamika Catchings returned to the lineup and scored a season-high 26 points to lead Indiana over visiting Washington.

Tully Bevilaqua scored 15 points and Ebony Hoffman added 12 to help the Fever end Washington's three-game winning streak.

Alana Beard led the Mystics with 18 points.

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