The Charlotte Sting and the Connecticut Sun split their season series two games apiece and each team won both games on their home floor. The Sting are one season removed from playing in the WNBA Finals (they lost to the Sparks in 2001) and have made the postseason six of their seven years, while the Sun have made the playoffs in their first season in Connecticut and for the second time in franchise history.

2003 Regular Season: Charlotte Sting 2 - Connecticut Sun 2
Some fast facts about the Sting-Sun first-round matchup:

Though she was the Sun's season-leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, Nykesha Sales was the high-scorer in 13 of the Sun's 34 games
Andrea Stinson has started every game in Sting franchise history and is one of three WNBA players with more than 3,000 career points
The Sun's Shannon Johnson and the Sting's Dawn Staley will be the point guards on the United States' 2004 Olympic team
Both Sun coach Mike Thibault and Sting coach Trudi Lacey are in their first seasons as head coach of their respective teams.


June 28, 2003: Sting 69, Sun 55 | Box score

Sting leaders: Andrea Stinson (15 pts., 9 reb.), Teana McKiver (14 pts., 9 reb.), Dawn Staley (8 pts., 4 asst.), Allison Feaster (9 pts., 4 asst.)
Sun leaders: Shannon Johnson (17 pts., 7 reb., 4 asst.)

July 26, 2003: Sun 74, Sting 70 | Box score
Sting leaders: Tammy Sutton-Brown (21 pts., 7 reb., 4 asst.)
Sun leaders: Nykesha Sales (23 pts.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin, (10 pts., 7 reb.), Shannon Johnson (5 pts., 8 asst.)

Aug. 9, 2003: Sting 69, Sun 68 | Box score
Sting leaders: Andrea Stinson (19 pts., 8 reb.), Kelly Miller (6 pts., 5 asst.)
Sun leaders: Nykesha Sales (23 pts.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (8 pts., 8 reb.), Shannon Johnson (4 pts., 6 asst.)

Aug. 22, 2003: Sun 63, Sting 55 | Box score
Sting leaders: Shalonda Enis (17 pts.), Rushia Brown (3 pts., 8 reb.), Dawn Staley (10 pts., 5 asst.)
Sun leaders: Katie Douglas (21 pts., 5 asst.), Nykesha Sales (15 pts., 7 reb.)

(Photo credits: Allison Feaster by Andrew D. Bernstein/WNBAE/Getty Images; Nykesha Sales by Ray Amati/WNBAE/Getty Images)