Tina Charles continues to rewrite the WNBA record book.
The Connecticut Sun used an 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter to secure a 92-73 win over the Atlanta Dream at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday.
Charles led Connecticut (6-1) with 22 points and 11 rebounds, the 50th double-double of her career, setting the WNBA record for the fastest ever to the milestone. Natalie Williams reached 50 in 91 games. In the process, Charles also tied the club record for double-doubles set by Taj McWilliams-Franklin in 241 games.
Kara Lawson added 21 points, shooting 5-of-5 from three. Ashja Jones had 17 points and Renee Montgomery scored 14.
Angel McCoughtry led the Dream (3-5) with 22 points. Sancho Lyttle added 20.
The Sun led 50-38 at the half, a margin built in the final 15 minutes after Atlanta took an early 18-13 lead. The momentum was generated by a 17-1 run fueled primarily by Jones, who scored 11 straight points and finished with 15 in the quarter,
Connecticut shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) in the half and got another 21 from Charles (11) and Montgomery, who often dazzled with off-balanced shots in the lane.
The hot half was the perfect follow-up from Friday’s win in Indiana. The Sun were coming off the most balanced offensive performance in its history with seven players in double-figures, a franchise first. It was just the third time its ever happened in the league’s 16 seasons.
Add to that their free throw shooting, 16-of-17 against the Fever. They had made 19-of-20 in the fourth quarter last Sunday against Washington and was 42-of-48 in the last two games.
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