SEATTLE — Tina Charles had 12 rebounds to become the franchise leader and scored 29 points in the New York Liberty’s 79-70 victory over the Seattle Storm on Thursday night.

Charles has 1,062 rebounds with New York. She broke the franchise mark of 1,053 set by Vicki Johnson.

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Charles blocked Breanna Stewart’s layup and hit a bank shot at the other end to extend New York’s lead to 58-52. The Liberty added two free throws at the end of the third quarter for an eight-point lead.

Stewart and Sami Whitcomb each made a 3-pointer on consecutive Seattle possessions to pull to 70-64 with 5:46 left. But after a timeout, Charles answered with a three-point play.

Kia Vaughn had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Epiphanny Prince added 16 points for New York (8-7).

Stewart had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Seattle (7-9). Sue Bird made her first basket of the game with 8:14 left in the fourth to snap a six-plus minute field-goal drought for the Storm.