UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles scored a season-low eight points against the Chicago Sky in the Connecticut Sun’s only loss of the season.
Ten days later, she had a career high against the Sky on Sunday.
Charles scored 31 points as the Sun (4-1) assumed sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with an 83-68 victory over Chicago. Connecticut leads Chicago (3-2) by a game.
Charles scored 11 in the final quarter.
“Every game I need to go out and take it more personal,” Charles said.
Charles also had 11 rebounds.
“You could tell early in the game that Tina was aggressive about presenting herself to her teammates,” Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. “Our players did a good job getting her the ball where she could score.”
Charles’ 31 points came against Chicago center Sylvia Fowles. Charles and Fowles may be the two centers on the U.S. Olympic team next summer in London.
“They push each other and make each other better,” Thibault said.
Fowles had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Kara Lawson scored 13 points and Asjha Jones added 12 for Connecticut, which has won three straight.
Lawson made a pair of 3-pointers off the bench in the first half. The Sun led by three after one period and by 15 at halftime.
The Sky never got closer than eight in the final quarter.
“We didn’t show some discipline on defense,” Chicago coach Pokey Chatman said. “You can’t do that against anyone in this league, let alone a well-coached team.”
Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld added 13 for the Sky.
The teams meet again in Chicago on Thursday.