Tina Charles already has her 10th double-double of the season and the Sun went on long runs to end the first quarter and begin the second to take a 43-37 halftime lead over Phoenix here at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Charles has 11 points and 11 rebounds to help fuel Connecticut inside. Diana Taurasi has 12 points for Phoenix and Candice Dupree scored 11, all in the first quarter.
Down 17-5 to begin the game, the Sun closed the opening period on a 14-5 run and ran off a 14-0 stretch early in the second to lead by as many as nine points. The Sun have 18 points inside the paint where they tower over Phoenix, and unlike past games, they have lived at the line, making 11-of-16 free throws.