Asjha Jones made a tiebreaking jump shot with 31 seconds remaining as the Connecticut Sun went on to a 78-73 victory over the New York Liberty in the WNBA season opener for both teams Saturday.
Tina Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sun spoil the Liberty's one-game homecoming to Madison Square Garden. Allison Hightower scored 13 points, Asjha Jones had 12 and Renee Montgomery added 11. Cappie Pondexter led New York with 19 points, Plenette Pierson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kara Braxton scored 13. The Liberty is in the midst of a three-year stretch playing their home games at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. However, the game was moved to the Garden because the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils played an NHL playoff game at the Prudential Center earlier in the day. Elsewhere in Washington, Sylvia Fowles had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and spark key a 29-8 first-half run in Chicago's victory 69-57 over Washington. In Indianapolis, Katie Douglas scored 21 points and Tamika Catchings added 16 to help Indiana beat Atlanta 92-84. And in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sophia Young scored 20 points and Shemeka Christon added 16, including a 3-pointer with 46.3 seconds remaining, to help San Antonio open its season with an 88-79 win over Tulsa.