Sun find their way past Lynx

Minneapolis - The Connecticut Sun faced the two-time defending Western Conference champion Minnesota Lynx without league MVP Tina Charles on Tuesday afternoon.

Connecticut shot under 40 percent. The Lynx shot 53.4 percent.

Yet the Sun still won, 88-80, in their final WNBA preseason game.

"I didn't feel good about our last preseason game, our loss to New York (Saturday), even though we were trying to make (personnel) decisions," Connecticut coach Anne Donovan said. "I wanted to see better execution offensively. As much as some aspects of our defense have strengthened and improved, we still have work to do."

Connecticut shot 38.6 percent from the floor (32 of 83). It did, however, make 13 of 31 3-pointers (41.9 percent).

Charles was held out to give her a rest. Lynx center Janel McCarville also sat out.

Tan White scored 10 of her 12 team-high 12 points in the first quarter for Connecticut. White was brought along slowly the first week of training camp with a sore knee.

The Sun's Alison Hightower missed 10 of her 12 shots, but still scored 10.

Ashley Walker continued to make her case to earn the reserve post job. She was 4-for-7 from the floor, including two 3-pointers, for 11 points. She also had a game-high five offensive rebounds and 10 overall.

Latoya Williams, who has been competing against Walker for one of the final roster spots, had three points.

Natasha Lacy and Johannah Leedham, who are competing for a backup wing position, each played more than 15 minutes. Lacy made 1 of 3 shots for three points and three rebounds. Leedham missed 6 of 8 shots for six points with three rebounds and two blocks.

Olympians Seimone Augustus (15 points) and Lindsay Whalen (14 points, eight assists) led Minnesota.

Connecticut held its own rebounding without Charles, who has finished as the league leader for all three of her WNBA seasons. Minnesota finished with a 46-44 edge.

"Without Tina out there, we really had to step up," Sun forward Kelsey Griffin said. "We really had to step up. We knew it was going to be a challenge tonight."

Maya Moore and Rachel Jarry made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Minnesota a 78-73 lead with six minutes in the game.

A driving layup by Lacy and Hightower's 3-pointer tied the game at 78 with over four minutes remaining.

Griffin followed with a three-point play. Walker added a layup and a 3-pointer to push the Sun ahead, 86-78, with 2:30 remaining.

• Connecticut will do its part to help the community and those devastated by the Oklahoma tornados. The Sun will donate all proceeds from tickets sold from Tuesday until Saturday's season-opener towards Oklahoma's relief efforts. Connecticut hosts New York on Saturday (7 p.m.) Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com, WNBA.com/tickets, or by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX.

The Sun also ask fans to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the New London Community Meal Center. Bins for food collection will be available on the concourse inside both Mohegan Sun Arena entrances.

The team will also serve dinner Thursday at the New London Community Meal Center in conjunction with WNBA Cares Week.

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