WNBA: Sky beat Sun to snap 9-game losing streak

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Epiphanny Prince scored 15 points and the short-handed Chicago Sky snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 82-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.

Olympic center Sylvia Fowles and forward Tamera Young missed the game because of personal reasons. Sky coach Pokey Chatman said Young had a death in the family.

"I have been on the other side when the other team is down, but you have those players that (have) positive energy and always ready for their opportunity," Chatman said. "It was nice to see everyone step up, and we needed every single player out there since we were short-handed. So, yes it was a good win against the best team in the East."

Reserve center Carolyn Swords started in Fowles' absence and had a career-high 14 points and added six rebounds for the Sky (9-14).

"We see (Swords) do that every day in practice, she goes against Sylvia every day, so there is no intimidation factor," Chatman said. "She uses her size well and she is going to be in the right spot."

Swin Cash had 14 points and six rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot added 11 assists and four steals.

"This is huge," Cash said. "We have been on a skid that none of us are familiar with, and today we were down Syl and down Tamera, and I thought that everyone came in and contributed."

Allison Hightower had 17 points and five assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Sun (17-6). Connecticut played its fifth straight game without Olympic forward Asjha Jones, sidelined by a strained left Achilles tendon.

Storm 84, Liberty 66

SEATTLE (AP) -- Sue Bird had 18 points and 10 assists, Lauren Jackson scored 16 points and the Seattle Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with an 84-66 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday night.

Camille Little added 15 points, and Shekinna Stricklen had 12 for Seattle (11-13).

Cappie Pondexter, the WNBA's second-leading scorer, had 23 points for the Liberty (9-15).

Seattle got off to a fast start, with Stricklen's layup on the break prompting New York coach John Whisenant to call a timeout with 5:20 left in the first quarter after the Storm opened on a 12-2 run.

Tina Thompson lofted in the exclamation point of the first quarter with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Seattle finished the first 10 minutes up 28-9, its biggest lead of the season following the opening quarter. The Liberty committed eight turnovers in the first and outrebounded 11-6.

Bird's midrange jumper at the end of the second gave the Storm its biggest lead of the half, 21 at 51-30, and its biggest halftime lead of the season. Seattle shot 58.3 percent, committed just three turnovers and had 13 assists. Bird had eight assists in the half.

The Liberty didn't get within 14 points the rest of the game.