WNBA: Charles hits milestone as Sun beat Silver Stars
Renee Montgomery scored 23 points, Tina Charles had 18 points and eight rebounds to become the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 800 career rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 83-79 Friday night.
Charles began the day four rebounds short of the milestone and got it with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter. She reached the mark in her 71st career game, besting the previous mark set by Yolanda Griffith, who did it in her 72nd game.
Charles also had three blocks to help the Sun open the season with three wins for the second time in franchise history.
Danielle Adams scored 21 for the Silver Stars (1-1). Shameka Christon had 14 points and Becky Hammon added 11 points and eight assists.
ATLANTA (AP) - Angel McCoughtry scored 23 points, Lindsey Harding added 19 and Atlanta won its home opener.
Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points and Essence Carson had 15 for New York (0-4). The Liberty have opened the season with four losses for the first time since 2006, when they also began 0-4 en route to a franchse-worst 11-23 record.
Plenette Pierson's layup pulled New York to 37-29 with 3:29 left in the second quarter. McCoughtry followed with a 19-footer on the ensuing possession, and the Dream (1-1) led by double digits the rest of the way.
Liberty coach John Whisenant yelled from the bench in the final seconds of the second quarter to avoid fouling McCoughtry, who drove the lane and dished off to Yelena Leuchanka for a layup and a 48-33 lead.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and Katie Douglas added 21 to lead Indiana past Chicago.
Jessica Davenport scored 12 points for the Fever (2-0), who won for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings against the Sky and improved to 20-5 in the all-time series.
Sylvia Fowles scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half to lead the Sky (1-1). Epiphanny Prince had 17 points and Shay Murphy added 10.
Chicago trailed by just three points early in the fourth quarter before Indiana pulled away. A 3-pointer by Catchings extended the Fever's lead to 75-53 with 3:24 to play.