UNCASVILLE, Conn., June 30 (Ticker) -- With the WNBA All-Star Game on her home court next month, Nykesha Sales is pushing for her seventh consecutive appearance.

Sales scored 18 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to their sixth straight home victory, a 71-56 triumph over the Minnesota Lynx.

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All-Star starters were announced Thursday and Sales was not among them. She is hoping to be selected by the coaches as a reserve.

Leading the league in scoring and shooting, Connecticut (12-2) remained the only team without a home loss and widened its lead to 3 1/2 games over second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference.

Eighth in the league in scoring at 15.7 points per game, Sales collected her 500th career assist with 12:26 to go in the first half. On Tuesday, she became the ninth player to score 3,000 career points.

The Sun scored 14 of the first 16 points and shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor in the opening half, building a 37-27 lead.

Lindsay Whalen scored 15 points and Katie Douglas had 12 for Connecticut, which started the second half with a 12-2 spurt.

Katie Smith scored 11 points and former UConn star Svetlana Abrosimova added 10 for the Lynx (8-7), who shot 36 percent (22-of-62) in their fourth consecutive road loss.