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Tan. Minutia. Vote

Howdy,

Decided to wait a day before posting anything about Sunday's game — everyone was too busy watching Lakers vs. Suns, the Mets vs. Yanquis, and, yawn, "Lost."

End useless opinion. Begin Sun discussion:

All nine Connecticut players had a hand in the team's 80-65 win over Washington Sunday with Tan White's contributions being quite notable. The reserve guard gave the team a much-needed jolt in the second half and finished the game with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds.

White has a new role with Connecticut this season. The former second overall pick in the 2005 WNBA draft has been asked to be a spark as a reserve, and she's looked better defensively.

"Whatever my role is, no matter what it is, I try to take it and go on the court with pride," White said.

The Sun began the game in the dumps offensively (they missed 13 of 17 shots in the first quarter), and neither team could get going in the first half.

White subbed in the game with five minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter and the score tied, 35-35.

Moments later with the Sun leading by two points, White grabbed a rebound, brought the ball up court and didn't hesitate to shoot an open 3-pointer. She made the shot, giving her team a 40-35 lead.

Later, White had a steal and threw the ball ahead to Tina Charles, who converted a layup as Connecticut extended its lead to 46-39 with 2:19 left in the third.

White didn't exit until there were over four minutes left in the game with Connecticut leading, 69-50. She scored 10 in the second half and added four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

"The second half, my team needed some type of energy," White said. "My teammates fed off of it and we got four or stops in a row one time. Whatever my role is, I don't mind. I know what I can and can't do. I just do whatever I need to help my team win."

Teammate Kara Lawson said: "Every time she comes in the game, the game changes. It's hard to find a player that, when they come off the bench, can have a positive impact on the game every time they come in. And what's unique about her is that she can impact a game on both ends."

Connecticut got sloppy once it took a 21-point lead (71-50) with 3:39 remaining. The Mystics got as close as 73-59 with over a minute left.

"I'm thrilled that we won," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "They played great. I'm still walking out of here mad that we gave up 18, 20 points in the last five minutes. And I told them that. There are habits to be created. Our habits got better (Sunday), but they didn't finish. This is a game that we should've held a team under 60 points the way we were playing, and I just didn't like the way we finished."

Minutia:

Charles needed two more rebounds Sunday to tie Natalie Williams for the most double-doubles to start a WNBA career. Charles had eight rebounds in what was her third pro game.

Williams had three double-doubles when she joined the now-defunct Utah Starzz in 1999. She had played three seasons prior to that in the former ABL.

White has shot 61.5-percent (8 of 13) from the 3-point line while Anete Jekabsone-Zogota has made 9 of 15 (60-percent). The only player who has attempted more than 10 threes and has shot better is New York's Nicole Powell (8 of 11, 72.7-percent).

Another positive about Jekabsone-Zogota is that she's getting more aggressive offensively. She doesn't hesitate to shoot, which she did at times the first half of last season. She also attacked the basket Sunday as much as she ever has. She didn't shoot well, but made up for it by drawing contact and making all eight of her free throws.

Connecticut has also made nine 3-pointers twice this young season. That may not seem like a big deal until one considers that the Sun averaged 5.9 last season. Or that they only made nine-or-more in just six of 34 games (two of which went into overtime).

All-Star voting

Balloting for this summer's "WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun" has begun. The game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 10 (3:30 p.m.) with the U.S. national team playing a team of WNBA All-Stars. Team USA is coached by UConn's Geno Auriemma.

Voting has begun at arenas, and you can begin voting online starting Wednesday at WNBA.com. The process runs through June 21.

Fans can vote for 10 players, and the top 10 will be guaranteed a position on one of the team's rosters. Any player who is in USA Basketball's "team pool" will be on its roster. The others will play for the WNBA.

USA Basketball will fill out its roster after the top 10 are announced. WNBA head coaches will select the rest of that team's roster.

The top 10 will be announced during the June 29 Indiana-Washington game on ESPN2.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by logging on to ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX.

Connecticut has five players on the ballot — Asjha Jones, Charles, Jekabsone-Zogota, Lawson and Montgomery.

That's all for now

Vaya con dios.

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