WNBA roundup

Connecticut off target, loses opener

Associated Press / June 7, 2009
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Rookie Marissa Coleman scored 16 points as the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun, 82-70, yesterday at Uncasville, Conn., in their season opener.

Monique Currie scored 14 points, Lindsey Harding added 12, and Nakia Sanford had 11 for the Mystics, who also outrebounded Connecticut, 44-26.

Coleman was 6 for 9 from the field and made all four of her 3-pointers.

Asjha Jones led Connecticut with 22 points. Lindsay Whalen had 21.

Washington built a 17-point lead before seeing it cut to 6 by the start of the fourth quarter.

Mercury 90, Silver Stars 79 - Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Cappie Pondexter added 23, and host Phoenix rallied to beat San Antonio.

First-round draft pick DeWanna Bonner had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which played for the first time with "Lifelock" across the front of its jerseys, part of a sponsorship deal with a Phoenix-area identity-theft protection firm.

Dream 87, Fever 86 - Chamique Holdsclaw scored 23 points in her first game in two years to lead host Atlanta to a double-overtime victory over Indiana.

Holdsclaw, who retired after playing just five games for Los Angeles in 2007, is 2 points short of becoming the ninth player in WNBA history with 4,000 career points. She got her 300th career steal.

Sparks 78, Shock 58 - Tina Thompson had 18 points, Betty Lennox added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and host Los Angeles easily defeated defending champion Detroit.

Lisa Leslie had an off game for the Sparks, scoring just 6 points.

Storm 71, Monarchs 61 - Lauren Jackson scored 23 points and Tanisha Wright added 21 to help Seattle win at Sacramento.

Lynx 102, Sky 85 - Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Candice Wiggins added 20 as Minnesota opened with a victory over visiting Chicago.

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