August 2, 2011 in Sports

Bird, Cash help Storm shine over Silver Stars

Associated Press
Storm sign Jackson

Three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson signed a multiyear extension Tuesday that will likely allow her to end her career with the Seattle Storm. Terms were not released.

Jackson, 30, has missed much of this season after injuring her hip and requiring surgery.

SEATTLE — Sue Bird scored 17 points and Swin Cash added 16 to help the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 78-64 Tuesday night.

Tanisha Wright added 12 points and seven assists for Seattle (11-8), which has won four of five and moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with Phoenix.

Ruth Riley scored 12 points, Becky Hammon 11 while Sophia Young and Jia Perkins had 10 apiece to lead second-place San Antonio (11-7), which lost its second consecutive game and dropped three games behind conference-leading Minnesota (14-4).

Seattle won its sixth straight home game to improve to 7-1, second best in the league.

The Silver Stars cut an 18-point first-half deficit to one point late in third quarter before the Storm pulled away with a 17-2 run.

Perkins hit a 3-pointer as the Silver Stars cut a 13-point deficit to 53-52 with 1:07 left in the third quarter.

But the Storm responded with a 7-0 run in the final 47 seconds of the quarter. Bird made a 3-pointer just prior to the buzzer to push the lead to 60-52. Seattle then outscored the Silver Stars 10-2 to start the final quarter.

Jayne Appel scored seven and Young five to ignite San Antonio’s third-quarter run. Bird made two 3-pointers to help hold off the Silver Stars.

Seattle shot 14 of 17 (82.4 percent) from the field in the first quarter to lead 31-19. Cash had a team-high eight points as she hit all four of her shots. Seven players scored for the Storm.

Reserve Le’coe Willingham scored seven during a 21-7 Storm run to close out the first quarter after San Antonio led 12-10.

The Storm led by 18 in the second quarter before Roneeka Hodges made two 3-pointers to help cut the lead to 44-33 at halftime.

The Silver Stars have lost six straight in Seattle since a win in 2007.

San Antonio rookie Danielle Adams, who averages 14.3 points, missed her third straight game with a right ankle injury. She is expected to be out four to six weeks.

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