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Sun hold off Mercury

Jun 13, 2014 - 1:25 AM Uncasville, CT ( - Alex Bentley scored 22 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 96-95 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday.

Katie Douglas netted 16 and Chiney Ogwumike registered 13 points with 10 rebounds in the triumph.

Candice Dupree paced the Mercury with 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner added 19 and 18, respectively.

Connecticut took a 24-23 lead into the second after Kelsey Griffin's 3-pointer with 35 seconds left capped the scoring in the opening frame.

The Sun led by five early in the second when the visitors ran off 10 straight, with Mistie Bass and Dupree each providing four points to help the Mercury to a 35-30 lead.

However, Connecticut regained the lead and pushed the margin to 46-42 at the break.

Neither team could gain much separation in the second half. Taurasi converted a pair of free throws to tie the game at 85-85 with just under five minutes to play in the game.

Douglas then scored six straight points within the next minute, including a 3- pointer that put the Sun up 91-85. Phoenix crept back into and cut the deficit to one, 96-95, following a pair of free throws from DeWanna Bonner with 42 seconds left.

After an empty possession from the hosts, Dupree and Griner each had a chance to give the Mercury a win in the final seconds, but both missed their attempts and the Sun held on.