Sun 84, Silver Stars 73

Tina Charles led a balanced attack with 20 points as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut claimed an 84-73 WNBA victory over host San Antonio at the AT&T Center on Thursday night.

After a tight opening quarter, the Sun (19-6) took control in the second and never trailed the rest of the way. Kara Lawson scored 14 points, Kelsey Griffin and Renee Montgomery each had 13 while Danielle McCray added 10.

Griffin and Charles also had 10 rebounds apiece.

Danielle Adams scored a game-high 22 points while Sophia Young added 20 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (17-8) dropped its second straight and slipped 3 1/2 games behind Western Conference-leading Minnesota.

With the game tied 24-24 in the second quarter, the Sun launched a 14-0 run over a four-minute span to take command as Lawson scored seven points and Charles added six.

Connecticut went on to a 52-40 halftime lead behind Charles' 14 first-half points. Adams had a game-high 16 points coming off the bench through the first 20 minutes.

The Sun quickly made it 54-40 on a Griffin jumper in the third quarter, but the Silver Stars replied with nine unanswered points and cut the deficit to 58-52 after a Danielle Robinson pull up jumper.

But Connecticut never allowed San Antonio any closer on the way to a 64-57 lead by quarter's end.

The Sun opened the fourth with seven straight points for a 71-57 lead at the 6:52 mark and maintained a double-digit edge into the final minute when the Silver Stars briefly climbed to within eight points at 78-70 with 1:15 to play.

The Sun make the third stop in a four-game road trip on Sunday at Atlanta. The Silver Stars visit Phoenix on Saturday.