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Sun torch Fever, regain first place


Connecticut's Katie Douglas didn't feel like a visitor last night.

Douglas returned to her hometown of Indianapolis and scored 22 points to lead five Connecticut players in double figures as the Sun defeated the Indiana Fever, 76-66, in a contest for first place in the WNBA's Eastern Conference.

``It's a special feeling when I come here," Douglas said. ``I had time to spend at home with my family. I played here [in Conseco Fieldhouse] when we won the Big Ten [with Purdue] and I don't feel like I am in a visiting arena when I come here."

The Sun moved past Indiana into the East lead one night after losing, 70-64, to conference rival Detroit. ``We were definitely desperate. We were definitely hungry for a win, especially after losing at home," said Douglas, who estimated 60 to 75 friends and relatives attended the game.

The Sun (12-5) took the lead for good as Indiana (12-6) went scoreless for more than four minutes in the third quarter. The Fever, who had been undefeated in seven home games this season and had won 10 straight in Conseco Fieldhouse dating to last season, missed four consecutive shots and had four turnovers as the Sun opened a 47-40 lead with 8 unanswered points.

Margo Dydek sank two free throws to give the Sun a 41-40 edge and start the go-ahead run, which continued with jumpers by Erin Phillips, Douglas, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin.

Monarchs 65, Sting 57-- Erin Buescher had 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Nicole Powell hit a key 3-pointer in the final minute as visiting Sacramento held off Charlotte.

Sparks 80, Mystics 75 -- Chamique Holdsclaw scored 23 points and Mwadi Mabika added 19 points as host Los Angeles held off Washington.

Storm 92, Lynx 75 -- Lauren Jackson had 25 points and Janell Burse added 24 as host Seattle used a 19-0 second-half run to defeat Minnesota.

Silver Stars 69, Sky 57 -- Katie Feenstra had a season-high 16 points and added 11 rebounds to lead host San Antonio over Chicago.

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