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By MATT BECKER, STATS Writer

The Connecticut Sun's high-powered offense was one of the most feared in the league through the first three games of the season. That explosiveness was nowhere to be found their last time out, though.

The Sun look to get their offense back on track when they host the New York Liberty on Friday night.

Connecticut (3-1) opened 3-0 for the first time in franchise history behind an offense averaging 88.0 points, but barely scored half that amount in its last game.

The Sun lost to Indiana 75-46 on Tuesday, their lowest point total since a 48-45 loss to Washington on Aug. 1, 2003. Connecticut fell behind 28-11 after one quarter and its seven-point fourth quarter was a franchise low.

The Sun connected on just 18-of-60 shots (30.0 percent) and were only 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. Connecticut shot 46.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent (28-of-69) from 3-point range in their first three.

Lindsay Whalen scored a team-high 13 points on just 4-of-12 shooting on Tuesday. She averaged 16.0 points on 56.5 percent shooting in her first three games. Tamika Whitmore, meanwhile, had just four points on 2-of-10 shooting against the Fever after averaging 16.7 points in her first three.

Whalen averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in four games against New York last season, while Whitmore, who was acquired from Indiana in February, averaged 14.3 points in four games versus the Liberty in 2007 while with Indiana.

It may be tough for Connecticut's offense to get back on track for this game, though, as New York (1-2) is third in the league in scoring defense (69.7 ppg).

The Sun and Liberty split their four-game series last season with each team winning once on their opponents' home floor.

New York is coming off a disappointing 72-62 loss to Detroit on Sunday following an impressive 79-60 win over Washington on May 22.

The Liberty missed 18 of their first 20 shots against the Shock, and committed nine turnovers as they fell behind 23-6 midway through the second quarter.

"We got off to such a slow start, and I'm not really sure why,'' New York coach Pat Coyle said.

Lisa Willis and Tiffany Jackson each came off the bench to lead the Liberty with 12 points, but starters Loree Moore, Erin Thorn and Janel McCarville combined for only two on 1-of-12 shooting.

Cathrine Kraayeveld had 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting against Detroit, after scoring 17 on 6-of-10 shooting in the Liberty's win over the Mystics.

Kraayeveld had 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting in New York's 74-66 win over the Sun on Aug. 17, but had just 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting in the other three games against them combined.

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