CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 27 (Ticker) -- Ashja Jones and the Connecticut Sun ended their most successful season on a high note.

Jones scored 22 points and Lindsay Whalen added 18 as the Sun posted a 78-69 victory over the Charlotte Sting in the regular-season finale for both teams.

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With the triumph, the Sun (26-8) became the sixth team in WNBA history to reach 26 wins in a season. They also posted the best regular-season record for an Eastern Conference team in the nine-year history of the league.

Behind five points each from Whalen and Nykesha Sales, Connecticut jumped out to a 14-6 lead less than six minutes into the contest.

The Sting (6-27) closed within 31-30 on a free throw by Tammy Sutton-Brown about nine minutes later, but the Sun ended the first half on a 14-6 run to grab a 45-36 lead.

Jones, who shot 9-of-13 from the field with nine rebounds, scored 14 of her points in the second half to seal the eighth win in the last 10 games for Connecticut, the top seed in the Eastern Conference in the upcoming playoffs.

The Sun will open the postseason at the fourth-seeded Detroit Shock before returning home in the best-of-three series.

Sales finished with 14 points and Margo Dydek added 11 and nine rebounds for Connecticut.

Sheri Sam scored 21 points and Sutton-Brown added 10 for Charlotte, which ended the season with the league's worst record.