Published July 21. 2013 4:00AM
San Antonio - One night after absorbing a difficult loss at Tulsa, the Connecticut Sun staggered to defeat at San Antonio, falling 60-52 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The Sun (4-11) had just seven made field goals in the second half, and were held to under 60 points for the second consecutive night. It was the first time the Sun have scored under 60 in consecutive games since May 22 and May 25 of 2004.
"I thought it was not a very good looking basketball game tonight," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "We just could not put the ball in the basket."
Tina Charles led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but that was not nearly enough as San Antonio broke open a hard-fought game that had featured nine ties and seven lead changes, opening the second half with a 9-2 run.
Guard Kara Lawson, suffering from knee soreness, did not play.
Jia Perkins, who lit the Sun up for 23 points in the first meeting between the teams, was limited to six points in the first half.
But Perkins (15 points) got untracked quickly to start the third quarter, going 3-for-3 for seven points during that 9-2 outburst.
Connecticut was just 2 of 17 in the third quarter, getting outscored 13-4 as the Silver Stars built their lead back to 48-39 after three quarters. The four points were a new franchise low for a quarter.
The Sun trailed by as many as nine, 24-15, with 8:53 left in the half. But Renee Montgomery scored seven points during a 9-0 run that tied the game. The game was still tied, 35-35, at the half.