Charles double-double leads Sun past Liberty 69-63



UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles scored 18 points and added 17 rebounds for her WNBA record 23rd double-double of the season to lead the Connecticut Sun past the New York Liberty 69-63 on Sunday.

Connecticut (21-13) earned homecourt advantage in the first round of the WNBA playoffs, which begin this week. The Sun will play either New York or Atlanta.

Charles owned the previous double-double record last season at 22.

Asjha Jones added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun. Jones’ three-point play with 1:09 left gave the Sun the lead for good at d 65-63. Connecticut held New York scoreless over the last 1:26, forcing two turnovers.

New York (19-15) used a 6-0 run midway through the fourth period to take a 59-54 lead with 3:32 left.

Nicole Powell led New York with 14 points. Cappie Pondexter had 12 points on 5 of 21 shooting, while Kara Braxton finished 5 of 5 for 10 points.