Former UConn All-American Tina Charles scored 17 points and 10 rebounds in her professional debut Saturday to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 74-61 win over the Chicago Sky in the WNBA opener at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Charles, the first overall pick in the WNBA draft after ending her career as UConn's all-time scorer and rebounder, had 15 points and nine rebounds in the first half when the Sun opened a 19-point (38-19) lead in the second period.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, the European standout and former captain of the Latvian national team, led the Sun with 18 points (4 of 6 from three) and Kara Lawson had 10 for the Sun, who held a large rebounding advantage and outfought the Sky for many loose balls.
Chicago was led in scoring by center Sylvia Fowles with 16 points. She had nine rebounds.
The Sun (1-0) don't play again until Friday in Atlanta. Their next home game is May 23 against Washington.