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Connecticut Sun Reach WNBA Finals for First Time Ever  - 2004-10-04

The Connecticut Sun reached the Women's National Basketball Association finals for the first time ever by beating the New York Liberty 60-57, completing a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 18 points Sunday along with nine rebounds and a key defensive rebound late in the game. Vickie Johnson led New York with 19 points, and Crystal Robinson added 11. The Sun's win denied New York a fifth trip to the championship series. Meanwhile in Seattle, Lauren Jackson scored 23 points and the Seattle Storm forced a decisive third game in the Western Conference finals, beating the Sacramento Monarchs 66-54. The series is tied 1-1 with Game Three scheduled for Tuesday night in Seattle.

The winner of the series will travel to Connecticut to take on the Sun in the Championship series opener Friday night.