The Lynx will play an opponent which has a head start on the season  when coach Cheryl Reeve's team visits Connecticut on Thursday.

The Sun beat the New York Liberty 96-81 on Monday in their first exhibition game. Four starters and two reserves scored in low double figures as Connecticut got off to a shaky start, trailing 25-16 after the first quarter. But the Sun dominated the second quarter 30-12.

Danielle McCray, a rookie from Kansas, and Sidney Spencer, a five-year veteran from Tennessee, each had 10 points for the Sun off the bench.

Kata Braxton led the Liberty with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

One key for the Sun was their defense. They had 18 steals and the Liberty had 27 turnovers altogether.

MOORE'S KNEES WERE SORE? did a preseason preview of the Lynx on Monday. And it it, coach Cheryl Reeve is quoted as saying that Maya Moore's knees were sore much of last season. Moore told the team she was at about 70 percent of her effectiveness.

Don't remember that subject ever coming up before. It certainly will be interesting to see if Moore contributes more offensively this season. She averaged 13.2 points per game as a rookie.That's good but not great considering her college credentials. Her UConn teams were 150-4 over four seasons, winning two NCAA titles and she was a four-time all-america player.