— A game in Tina Charles' hometown started out like a party Sunday but ended with a thud for the Connecticut Sun.
The New York Liberty overcame a 16-point deficit for a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Charles had 10 points and 16 rebounds — the 11th double-double of her rookie season — but was held scoreless with two rebounds in the second half as the Liberty outscored the Sun, 44-22.
"We used all of our posts trying to get her off the glass," Liberty coach Anne Donovan said. "We talked about that at halftime, and our focus was better in the second half."
Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points and Nicole Powell added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Liberty (6-7). Former Sun center Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 10 and former UConn guard Kalana Greene eight for New York.
Trailing by 13 points in the third quarter, the Liberty took their first lead on a driving layup by Pondexter with 2:57 in the period.
The Liberty led by three, 59-56, entering the fourth quarter and never trailed after Powell's three-pointer with 6:56 left.
"My disappointment tonight is New York tipped the pressure in the second quarter and beyond, and we didn't handle it well," Sun coach Mike Thibault said.
Kara Lawson and Renee Montgomery (five assists) led the Sun (9-5) with 13 points each. Sandrine Gruda joined Charles with 19.
Sun starting forward Anete Jekabsone-Zogota sustained an injury to her right knee in the first half and is scheduled to have an MRI today in Connecticut. Tan White injured right hand and is day-to-day.
The Sun continue on the road Tuesday against Tulsa.
"It's the league and you're going to win some and loose some but you have to bounce back, you can't think about the last loss," Charles said. "We just have to get it back against Tulsa."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun