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Staley Leads Sting Past Sun 62-55

September 2, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Multi-gold medalist Dawn Staley scored 12 points and recorded her 1,000th career assist as the Charlotte Sting came off the Olympic break to beat the Connecticut Sun 62-55 on Wednesday night.

Staley dished out seven assists just four days after winning her third consecutive gold for the U.S. Olympic team.

Connecticut (13-15) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to cut Charlotte’s lead to 52-51 with 4:19 left when Katie Douglas hit a free throw on a technical foul by Staley, who complained about a foul call.

The Sting slowly pulled away, sealing the win on Charlotte Smith-Taylor’s bank shot with 35 seconds left.

Allison Feaster added 11 points for the Sting (13-13), which moved within a half-game of Eastern Conference-leading New York.

Lindsay Whalen scored 14 points and Taj McWillams-Franklin and Douglas added 11 apiece for the Sun, losers of seven of their last nine games.

Connecticut leading-scorer Nykesha Sales was held to eight points on 4-of-16 shooting.

The Sting showed no ill effects from the monthlong Olympic layoff, hitting eight of their first 13 shots to build a 21-10 lead.

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