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Sky snaps 9-game skid with 82-70 win over Sun

Chicago Sky's Shay Murphy snags an offensive rebound against Connecticut Sun during second half WNBA basketball game Uncasville Conn. Sunday

Chicago Sky's Shay Murphy snags an offensive rebound against the Connecticut Sun during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Chicago won 82-70. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Updated: August 26, 2012 7:16PM

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Epiphanny Prince scored 15 points and the short-handed Chicago Sky snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 82-70 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Sunday.

Olympic center Sylvia Fowles and forward Tamara Young missed the game because of personal reasons. Sky coach Pokey Chatman said Young had a death in the family.

Reserve center Carolyn Swords started in Fowles’ absence and had a career-high 14 points and added six rebounds for the Sky (9-14). Swin Cash had 14 points and six rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot added 11 assists and four steals.

Allison Hightower had 17 points and five assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Sun (17-6). Connecticut played its fifth straight game without Olympic forward Asjha Jones, sidelined by a strained left Achilles tendon.

Kara Lawson had 16 points and six assists for Connecticut, and Tina Charles added 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Sun could have clinched a playoff berth with a win and a New York Liberty loss Sunday night at the Seattle Storm.

Chicago outhustled and outplayed the Sun. Chicago made 10 3-pointers and shot 46.5-percent from the field. The Sky also had a 38-26 rebounding advantage.

Chicago trailed 50-41 with over 6 minutes left in the third quarter, then closed the period with a 20-5 run.

Cash made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to four points late in the quarter. Le’Coe Willingham followed with a turnaround bank shot and a wide-open 3-pointer to put Chicago ahead.

A turnover led to Cash’s layup. She closed the quarter with a wide-open 3-pointer from the top to give the Sky a 61-55 lead they never relinquished.

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