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Sales, McWilliams-Franklin help Sun cool down Fever

Nykesha Sales matched her season high with 26 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and 12 rebounds last night in Indianapolis, helping the Connecticut Sun to a 74-65 win over the Indiana Fever.

Connecticut (20-6) overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit and 20 turnovers, opening a 4 1/2-game lead over the Fever (15-10) in the Eastern Conference.

Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 17 points and 13 rebounds and became the fastest player in WNBA history to get 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists, and 300 steals. It took the Indiana All-Star 125 games to reach the milestone, raising her rebound total to 1,002. Sheryl Swoopes accomplished the feat in her 191st game.

Catchings now has 2,207 points, 1,002 rebounds, 454 assists, and 307 steals.

Catchings, who leads the league with 69 steals, had four before the break as Indiana tied its franchise record for steals in a half with 13.

Connecticut, trailing, 29-19, held Indiana scoreless in the final 3:37 of the first half and cut the deficit to 2 before the break.

Sting 82, Shock 73 -- Sheri Sam scored 11 of her 26 points in the two overtimes, and host Charlotte snapped a franchise-record 10-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.

Sam hit a jumper that started a game-ending 9-0 run and gave Charlotte its first win since July 7 and delivered Muggsy Bogues his first victory in his second game as Sting coach.

Tangela Smith added 22 points for Charlotte (4-22). Deanna Nolan scored 20 points in 47 minutes for the Shock (10-14), who committed 26 turnovers, including three in the final decisive run.

The game matched two of the five former NBA players now coaching WNBA teams -- the 5-foot-3-inch Bogues and the 6-11 Bill Laimbeer for Detroit.

Liberty 79, Storm 67 -- Ann Wauters had 18 points and Becky Hammon added 16 to lead host New York past defending champion Seattle.

Elena Baranova had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Crystal Robinson and Shameka Christon added 11 points apiece for New York (13-12), which pulled into a tie with Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Lauren Jackson had 25 points and seven rebounds, and Sue Bird added 12 points and 10 assists for Seattle (14-12), which nearly came back from a 19-point deficit in the second half.

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