5:00 PM ET, June 10, 2012
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Aside from a loss to the reigning league champions, the Connecticut Sun have proved difficult to contain this season.They'll seek another high-scoring performance Sunday and some revenge against the visiting Atlanta Dream, who swept them out of last year's playoffs.Connecticut (5-1), off to its best start since 2008, is tied for first in the Eastern Conference thanks largely to owning one of the league's top offenses. The Sun are producing 84.7 points per game and have averaged 91.5 in back-to-back wins following an 85-72 home loss to Minnesota on June 1.Seven Connecticut players scored in double figures in an 89-81 victory at Indiana on Friday with Kara Lawson's 18 points leading the way. The Sun managed to win even with leading scorer Tina Charles shooting 4 of 14."We kept our composure, which allowed us to win," Lawson said.Charles finished with 12 points to drop her season average to 20.7, but she had 14 rebounds to remain second in the league with 11.2 per game.The future U.S. Olympian also struggled to make shots in last year's playoffs against Atlanta, missing 22 of 32 attempts during the two-game sweep. However, she wasn't alone as the Sun shot 38.7 percent in that opening-round series.The Dream went on to reach the WNBA finals despite opening that season 3-9, and they're off to another slow start. Atlanta (3-4) managed to avoid a third straight defeat Friday by holding off visiting San Antonio 60-57."Even at the end of the game, our strongest suit is to run and get them on their heels," guard Lindsey Harding said. "We did that in the second half, which led to us being successful."Harding had a team-best 21 points in last season's 89-84 playoff win at Connecticut and all five starters scored in double figures. However, one of those players, Erika de Souza, has not played for the Dream this season as she prepares for the Olympics with the Brazilian national team.De Souza's absence in the frontcourt could make it difficult to slow down Charles this time. Even with De Souza in the lineup, the Dream have had trouble keeping the Sun in check during recent visits to Mohegan Sun.Atlanta allowed an average of 94.7 points in three games there last year, losing both in the regular season before its playoff win. The Sun have claimed six of nine all-time matchups at home, but the Dream lead the overall series 10-7.They pulled off last year's playoff sweep even with Angel McCoughtry, currently among the league leaders with 21.4 points per game, totaling 28 points in the series and shooting 9 of 33. She shot a season-worst 6 of 18 on Friday and had 16 points.