UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Asjha Jones scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun kept theirslim playoff hopes alive with an 88-68 win over the Seattle Stormon Friday night.
The Sun (15-15) trail Atlanta by 2½ games and Washington bythree for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tan White scored 15 points for Connecticut, while Tina Charleshad 14 and Renee Montgomery scored 13. The Sun shot a season-high55 percent from the field.
"I thought we were crisp from the beginning," Sun coach MikeThibault said. "We had 18 assists at halftime. That's a goodsign."
Seattle (25-5) played without leading scorer Lauren Jackson, whomissed the game with back spasms. Starters Sue Bird, Swin Cash andCamille Little played six minutes apiece. None played after thefirst period.
"We gauged the score a little bit. We started the starters. Wehung in there," Seattle coach Brian Agler said. "The second quartergot away from us. We were down by 19 at halftime. 'OK, let's takeadvantage of the situation and just rest Sue and Swin andCamille.'"
Svetlana Abrosimova led Seattle with 19 points and Abby Bishopscored 14.
"We set a lot of goals for the regular season and a lot had todo with home court for the playoffs," Bird said. "We've reachedthose goals. As players, though, we want to stay in rhythm. I thinkI speak for everyone in here when I say we don't want to get out ofrhythm. You don't want to get lazy-minded."
Jones, who scored 15 of her points in the first half, made a3-pointer to end the second period and give Connecticut a 52-33lead at halftime.
The Sun shot 60 percent (21-35) in the first half.
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