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Sun Burns Phoenix

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Chiney Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun withstood Phoenix center Brittney Griner’s first dunk of the season and career-high 29 points to beat the Mercury 87-74 on Friday night.

Ogwumike scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds, Jasmine Thomas had 18 points, and Alex Bentley added 16.  The Sun (11-17) have won three of their last four games and snapped the Mercury’s three-game win streak.

Griner’s driving one-handed dunk, the eighth slam of her career, came off a no-look pass from Diana Taurasi to pull Phoenix (13-15) to 51-46 with 6:44 to play in the third quarter. But the Sun used a 9-0 run to help stretch their lead to 68-54 at the end the quarter.

University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma was in attendance to watch the Sun use a 24-3 run in the first half to build a 46-38 halftime lead.  Connecticut has won eight of its last 12 games after starting the season 3-13.

First-year Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller has added the title of general manager to his duties.

Miller was named Friday to replace Chris Sienko, who announced last month that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Miller coached at Bowling Green and Indiana University before becoming an assistant with the Los Angeles Sparks last season.

He took over the coaching duties in Connecticut from Anne Donovan last December, following three straight, last-place finishes for the Sun.

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