Tina Charles recorded her 15th double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Sun pulled away from the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream to score a 96-80 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday.
Kara Lawson added 18 points and Asjha Jones had 15 for Connecticut (12-8), which used a 16-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to beat Atlanta (14-8) for the first time in three meetings this season.
Angel McCoughtry scored 27 points before fouling out for the Dream, who have lost three straight. Atlanta sorely missed the presence of Iziane Castro Marques, who didn't score amid foul trouble. Marques and McCoughtry each scored 32 points the last time against the Sun, a 108-103 Dream victory in overtime.
The Sun now trail Atlanta by just a game in the East standings.