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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Connecticut Sun will face Atlanta in WNBA playoffs

With Connecticut beating New York and Atlanta topping Indiana on Sunday, the WNBA's Eastern Conference playoff matchups are set.

Connecticut will host Atlanta in game one on Friday at 7 p.m. The second game will be played in Atlanta on Sunday at 3 p.m. If the series is tied, the final game will be played in Connecticut on Tuesday.

Indiana will have home-court advantage against New York with the series slated to start on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Heading into Sunday's action, the only thing known for certain was that Indiana had secured the No. 1 seed in the East. Had Connecticut lost and Atlanta won, the Sun would have been forced to play at Indiana in the opening round. Instead, the Sun host Atlanta. While playing the talented Dream squad will not be easy, the odds are on Connecticut's side. The Sun finished with a 15-2 home record while going 6-11 away from Mohegan Sun Arena so having home-court advantage could help the Sun.

In Connecticut's win, Tina Charles had 18 points and 11 rebounds to set the WNBA's single-season record with 23 double-doubles. She finished with 374 rebounds, the second highest mark in league history behind the 396 rebounds she pulled down as a rookie in 2010.

SHORTHANDED U.S. SQUAD FALLS
With UConn recruiting target Taya Reimer sidelined with a sprained ankle and Rebecca Greenwell unable to play because of a knee injury, the United States squad lost to Italy in the semifinals of the 3X3 World Youth Championships on Sunday.

Linnae Harper and Tennessee commit Kaela Davis had to play 2 on 3 against host Italy and managed to take the Italian squad into overtime before losing 21-19.

"It was one of the most amazing games I've ever been a part of," said former Connecticut Sun guard Jamie Carey, the USA Basketball Assistant Women's National Team Director and girls team leader. "It was unbelievable to watch. This game is hard as it is, and then to play with two people, it was amazing to watch those two girls compete. It seemed like the entire gym was around our court watching the game. Kaela and Linnae couldn't have done anything more, and Taya and Becca were just as into it cheering from the sideline. It was an amazing team moment, and I'm very proud of these players."

The U.S. forfeited in the bronze-medal game against Japan but was awarded an honorary bronze medal for its efforts.

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