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By DAN PIERINGER, STATS Writer

The Connecticut Sun haven't let up after clinching their sixth straight playoff appearance more than a week ago. After securing their own postseason berth, the San Antonio Silver Stars have no intention of slowing down either.

The Sun and Silver Stars continue their pursuit of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs as they square off on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Connecticut (20-10) clinched a trip to the postseason by beating Atlanta 98-72 on Aug. 29. After the game, Sun forward Asjha Jones stressed the importance about finishing the regular season strong.

"It's all about building up toward the playoffs," she said. "That means our season is not close to being over with. So, each game for us is sort of a preparation for the postseason."

Connecticut has since been victorious in back-to-back games to extend its win streak to seven - its longest run since reeling off 12 straight from July 16-Aug. 9, 2006.

The Sun will put their streak on the line against a San Antonio team that's also tuning up before postseason play.

The Silver Stars (20-10) clinched their second consecutive playoff berth with a 76-58 win over Los Angeles on Friday night. Edwige Lawson-Wade scored a career-high 14 points in a season-high 21 minutes off the bench.

"The more playing time I get, the more comfortable I get," said Lawson-Wade, a French native who is playing with her fourth team since 2005. "Tonight they expected me to shoot the ball, so that's what I tried to do."

Lawson-Wade's big night helped the Silver Stars recover from a 58-53 loss to Los Angeles in the opener of the home-and-home series last Saturday. They're 5-4 since a seven-game win streak from June 28-July 11.

Connecticut hopes to take advantage of San Antonio's inconsistent play as coach Mike Thibault tries to get his club to put together a more complete performance than it did on Friday against Chicago.

Jones was held to five points and 1-for-9 shooting, and the Sun allowed the Sky to go on an 11-0 run in the third quarter before pulling away for an 80-75 win.

"I'm happy with the win, but it wasn't the best we've played since we got back from the (Olympic) break," Thibault said. "A couple of people struggled offensively. There wasn't a real rhythm to the game."

This is the first meeting between the Sun and Silver Stars, who close the season series Thursday night in San Antonio. The Silver Stars won both games against the Sun in 2007 after getting swept the previous season.

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