8:00 PM ET, October 5, 2012
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- A pair of Olympians took control on both ends of the court in the second half to help the Connecticut Sun pull away from Indiana in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals.Tina Charles scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Connecticut to the 76-64 win on Friday night. Meanwhile, Asjha Jones played lock-down defense on Tamika Catchings, holding the Fever's star to just two field goals and seven points."Defense is always my priority," Jones said. "Guarding her was my main focus, trying to stay between her and the basket."Charles, the WNBA's MVP, had just four first-half points but came alive in the third quarter, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds as the Sun broke open a 30-30 game.
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