CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 30 (Ticker) -- The Connecticut Sun had little trouble in their first playoff series.

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Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 16 points and Shannon Johnson added 15 and eight assists as the Sun advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 68-62 victory over the Charlotte Sting.

Connecticut is making its playoff debut after moving from Orlando prior to the season. The Sun, who had just one postseason win in franchise history when they were known as the Miracle, doubled that total against the Sting.

Connecticut rallied for a two-point win in Game One on Thursday and jumped out to a big lead in this one before holding on.

The Sun scored nine consecutive points early in the first half, taking an 18-7 lead on a pair of free throws by McWilliams-Franklin with 10:40 left. Johnson scored four points during an 8-0 run later in the half and Connecticut had a 40-23 halftime lead.

Charlotte rallied in the second half and pulled within 67-62 on a 3-pointer by Shalonda Enis with 11 seconds to go. Nykesha Sales made just 1-of-4 free throws in the final seconds but stole an inbounds pass with nine seconds left as the Sun held on.

Katie Douglas scored nine of her 13 points in the first half for Connecticut, who got just seven points from Sales.

McWilliams-Franklin made 5-of-8 shots from the floor and 11-of-11 free throws as the Sun shot 50 percent (24-of-48) from the floor and 17-of-24 from the line.

Andrea Stinson scored 25 points and Enis added 11 for the Sting, who have lost six consecutive playoff games since getting swept in the 2001 WNBA Finals.