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Staley Is Golden for Sting

Sting 62, Sun 55

Associated Press
Thursday, September 2, 2004; Page D05

Dawn Staley scored 12 points and recorded her 1,000th career assist as the Charlotte Sting came off the Olympic break with a win over the visiting Connecticut Sun, 62-55, last night.

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

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Connecticut (13-15) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to cut Charlotte's lead to 52-51 with 4 minutes 19 seconds left when Katie Douglas made 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's leading scorer, Nykesha Sales, was held to eight points on 4 of 16 shooting.

LEAGUE MVP OUT: Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson, the 2003 WNBA most valuable player, will miss three games while she visits her seriously ill grandmother in Australia. Jackson, the league scoring leader with 20.6 points per game, also was placed on the injured list with a sprained right foot. Under league rules, she is required to miss three games.

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