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Sun ride Whalen's hot hand

Rookie Lindsay Whalen had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and the Connecticut Sun moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with a 77-66 victory over the host New York Liberty last night. The Sun (15-15) are tied with Charlotte and Indiana.

Nykesha Sales added 19 points and six rebounds for Connecticut, which shot 53 percent.

Crystal Robinson added 16 points and surpassed 2,000 career points as the Liberty fell to 14-15 and out of a tie for the conference lead. Lynx 64, Storm 61 -- Teresa Edwards scored 18 points and host Minnesota snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Seattle. Silver Stars 82, Fever 65 -- LaToya Thomas scored all 21 of her points in the second half, helping San Antonio beat Indiana in Indianapolis.

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