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Sun Open With Victory

Behind 23-points from Kara Lawson the Connecticut Sun opened the 2013 WNBA Season with an 81-69 win over the New York Liberty. Tina Charles added 19-points and 13-rebounds in the win.

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Connecticut's Allison Hightower has the ball slapped away by New York's Leilani Mitchell as Cappie Pondexter joins the defense in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun opened their 2013 season with a 81-69 win over the Liberty.

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Connecticut Sun head coach Ann Donovan huddles with her team before they take the floor against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Tina Charles puts up a shot between New York's Toni Young, left and Essence Carson in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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New York head coach Bill Laimbeer questions a call in WNBA Eastern Conference action against Connecticut Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Alliison Hightower goes up for a shot in traffic against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut head coach Ann Donovan questions a call by referee Kevin Sparrock in WNBA Eastern Conference action against New York Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kelsey Griffin fouls New York's Cappie Pondexter in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Mistie Bass tries to get around New York's Kelsey Bone and Kara Braxton in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kara Lawson puts up a floater in the lane against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kara Lawson tries to control a pass from teammate Kelly Faris as Ashley Walker follows the fast break against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kara Lawson is congratulated by teammate Ashley Walker on a three-pointer against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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New York head coach Bill Laimbeer questions a call by referee Kevin Sparrock in WNBA Eastern Conference action against Connecticut Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Tan White tangles with New York's Cappie Pondexter for a high pass in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun opened their 2013 season with a 81-69 win over the Liberty.

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Connecticut's Kara Lawson makes a pass after drawing the New York defense in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kalana Greene, right, face-guards New York's Cappie Pondexter as Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer looks-on in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Renee Montgomery celebrates making a 3-pointer late against New York in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Connecticut's Kalana Greene takes-off with a steal from New York's Cappie Pondexter in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun opened their 2013 season with a 81-69 win over the Liberty.

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Connecticut's Tina Charles is fouled by New York's Kelsey Bone in WNBA Eastern Conference action Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Mohegan Sun Arena.