Whalen Leads Sun Past Minnesota

Connecticut 75, Minnesota 66 (F)

MINNEAPOLIS, June 10 (AP) -- Lindsay Whalen made a successful return to her home state, scoring 14 points to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-66 Tuesday night.

Whalen, who led the University of Minnesota to its first Final Four appearance in 2004 and is from nearby Hutchinson, added eight rebounds and six assists. Asjha Jones led the Sun (8-1) with 20 points.

"I just tried to keep doing as much as possible,'' Whalen said. "Sometimes the shot's not going to be there, and sometimes its a tough shooting night, but that's the way it goes.''

Tamika Whitmore had her second double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Barbara Turner had 18 as Connecticut matched the best start in franchise history.

Rookie guard Candice Wiggins tied her career-high with 22 points for Minnesota (6-2). Seimone Augustus scored 11 and Nicole Ohlde added 10 for the Lynx, who lost for the first time at home.

"There's going to be nights when we're not going to be able to shoot the ball,'' Lynx coach Don Zierden said. "Nights like tonight, we have to count on our defense. For a while tonight, we couldn't throw the ball in the ocean, but when that happens we have to find a way to get stops.''

After losing three starters from last season's disappointing first-round playoff exit, the Sun have emerged under Whalen's leadership. She entered the game averaging a career-high 15.5 points and was second in the league with 6.3 assists.

Whalen is the Golden Gophers' career leading scorer.

"There are a lot of of people that always say, 'Hi,' and 'How are you doing?','' Whalen said. "It's always nice to come home.''

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