July 14, 2011 in Sports

Silver Stars hold back Storm in WNBA

Associated Press
 

Danielle Adams scored 15 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter, Danielle Robinson hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the visiting Seattle Storm 69-66 on Thursday night.

Robinson finished with 12 points to help the Silver Stars (8-4) snap a three-game losing streak overall, and a six-game skid against the Storm.

Tanisha Wright scored 18 points and Swin Cash added 13 for Seattle (7-5), which began a three-game road trip. Sue Bird, who was was the Western Conference’s leading vote-getter for the upcoming All-Star game, finished with 10 points on 4-for-16 shooting from the field.

Adams had a tiebreaking three-point play to put San Antonio up 65-62 with 28.7 seconds to go. After Katie Smith hit a jumper to pull Seattle within one, Robinson hit two free throws with 14.7 seconds left.

Wright’s putback cut the lead to one again with 2.2 seconds to go, and Robinson then sealed the game for the Silver Stars.

Bird and Cash will both be back in San Antonio on July 23 for the All-Star game. This will be the seventh All-Star game start for Bird and the third for Cash.

Led by the active presence of springy 6-foot-4 forward Ashley Robinson, the Storm cut an 11-point halftime deficit to two points after three quarters. Robinson spurred a defense that helped limit San Antonio to 23.5 percent shooting (4 of 17) in the quarter.

The Silver Stars went up by as many as 13 points in the first half, as their reserves outscored the Storm’s 16-2. Porsha Phillips led San Antonio’s backups with five points. Seattle also struggled to hold on to the ball, turning it over 12 times in the half.

The Silver Stars went up by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, holding the Storm to just 18.8 percent shooting from the field. Young led the Silver Stars with six points in the quarter.

Bird didn’t score until the second quarter, when she hit a jumper with 6:39 remaining. She had been 0 for 5 up to that point.

Hammon, who hit only 2-of-14 shots in the Silver Stars’ 84-74 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday, didn’t score until the second quarter. She finished with five points on 2-for-10 shooting and had nine assists.

Jia Perkins, one of four Silver Stars players to average double figures in scoring, returned to the bench after starting the previous two games. She had three points.

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