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Liberty fall behind early, never lead in loss to Connecticut Sun

The Liberty's Shavonte Zellous knocks the ball away from

The Liberty's Shavonte Zellous knocks the ball away from the Sun's Brionna Jones on June 14, 2017, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Credit: AP / Sean D. Elliot

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Courtney Williams scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Connecticut beat the Liberty 96-76 on Wednesday night for the Sun’s first win in the series since 2014.

Jones has four double-doubles in her last five games, averaging 17 points and 14.8 rebounds during the span.

Connecticut raced out to a 24-12 lead and never trailed. Williams scored 15 points in the first half as the Sun built a 45-32 lead and Rachel Banham’s back-to-back 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter made it 80-56.

Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points, and Jasmine Thomas added 14 points and a season-high eight assists for Connecticut (4-5).

Tina Charles picked up her second foul with 4:46 left in the first quarter, had seven points at halftime, and finished with 17 for the Liberty (6-4). Shavonte Zellous scored 16 points, including eight of the Liberty’s first 13.

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