11:30 AM ET, July 10, 2012
Consistent success on the road is a big reason the Connecticut Sun sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.The Sun look for a fourth consecutive road victory while trying to continue their recent dominance over the East-worst Washington Mystics on Tuesday morning in the opener of a home-and-home set.Connecticut (12-4) had dropped two of three, including a 95-61 loss at Indiana on June 21, before beginning a three-game road stretch with an 86-75 win at lowly Tulsa on Friday. A night later, the Sun handed reigning WNBA champion Minnesota its first home defeat of the season, 86-80.Kara Lawson had 22 points with 10 rebounds in that contest while Tina Charles and Asjha Jones also had double-doubles, combining for 35 points and 26 rebounds. The Sun improved to a league-best 6-1 away from home with the win, building a 2 1/2-game lead over the Fever in the East."We knew we were kind of up against it, feeling like they needed to get back on track as well," said Lawson, who has scored 22 points in two of the last three contests. "This lets us assert ourselves and create some space in the East."Connecticut's road winning streak began with a 77-64 victory at Washington (3-12) on June 29. Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Charles added 13 and 10 to help the Sun extend their overall winning streak against the Mystics to six in a row.The Sun have won by an average of 13.8 points during that stretch.While Charles is among the league leaders with 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest, Jones has put up 16.3 points and 10.8 boards over the last four games.Looking to win four straight away from home for the first time since a five-game run in 2007, Connecticut faces a Washington club that hopes to avoid a third consecutive defeat.The Mystics return to the Verizon Center after falling to 0-6 on the road with Sunday's 78-62 loss at Tulsa, the only team with a worse record than their own.Washington averages a league-low 69.7 points, and its total at Tulsa was the lowest allowed by the Shock this season. The Mystics also committed 17 turnovers."We knew they would pressure us and our turnovers led to easy baskets for them," coach Trudi Lacey said.Crystal Langhorne, who averages a team-high 16.0 points, was the only Mystic in double figures with 13 points against the Shock.After scoring a season-high 25 points in Washington's 94-86 loss at Connecticut on June 3, Langhorne was held to 11 on 5-of-13 shooting at home against the Sun in their most recent meeting.The teams meet again Wednesday night in Connecticut.