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Tina Charles scores 32, Swin Cash reaches 5,000 career points in Liberty’s win over Sun

New York Liberty's Tina Charles, left, shoots over

New York Liberty's Tina Charles, left, shoots over Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones, right, during the first half of a WNBA game, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. Credit: AP/ Jessica Hill

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Tina Charles tied a career-high with 32 points, Swin Cash reached 5,000 career points and the Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun, 80-72, Thursday night.

Cash made a hook shot in the lane with 5:22 left in the first quarter to become the 14th player in WNBA history to reach 5,000. She joined Tamika Catchings as the only two WNBA players to have 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

Cash finished with seven points for the Liberty (7-4), which is ranked No. 4 in the AP power poll.

Connecticut tied it at 70-all on Alex Bentley’s transition 3-pointer with 2:34 left but the Sun did not score again until the 17-second mark. Sugar Rodgers highlighted the Liberty’s 6-0 run during that stretch with a long jumper and the Liberty made 4 of 4 free throws to ice it.

Bentley paced 11th-ranked Connecticut (2-10) with 16 points and Kelsey Bone added 14.

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