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Newark, N.J. — Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan found both positives and negatives in her team's 78-67 loss to the New York Liberty in Saturday's preseason game at the Prudential Center.
"We still have a lot of work to do on defense," Donovan said. "As much as we talk about that and rebounding, we need to keep addressing that."
New York shot 52 percent from the floor against the Sun, who were playing their second exhibition game.
Ashley Walker shot 5 of 9 for a team-high 12 points for Connecticut. She is competing with rookie Latoya Williams (five points) for a reserve post job.
"They both offer the same things," Donovan said. "They shoot the three well and they can handle themselves inside. Defensively, they are both a little bit undersized, especially against the Liberty, but they can handle themselves defensively and that helps. There are a lot of great things I saw today."
Natasha Lacy had three points with a game-high seven rebounds for the Sun. She's rookie battling Johannah Leedham (four points) for a reserve wing spot.
Tina Charles had eight points and five rebounds for Connecticut and Kara Lawson added nine points.
Cappie Pondexter scored 14 points for New York. She didn't play in last Saturday's 83-74 loss to Connecticut.
Walker scored all of her points during a 17-4 Connecticut run in the second quarter. It trailed 25-17 when Walker made a hook shot. She followed with a 3-pointer.
Walker ended the run with another 3-pointer to push the Sun ahead, 34-29.