- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2005

From combined dispatches

Silver Stars 71, Mystics 62

SAN ANTONIO — LaToya Thomas scored 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting, and San Antonio closed with a 10-0 run to beat Washington last night.

Thomas, the first overall selection in the 2003 draft, made her first five shots of the game and finished three points shy of her career high.

San Antonio (2-6) shot 50 percent from the field (28-for-56) en route to its second win in three games after opening the season with five losses.

The Silver Stars led by 14 points with less than 17 minutes to play before the Mystics went on a 23-8 run over the next nine minutes. Washington took its first lead of the game at 55-54 when second-year guard Alana Beard sank an outside jumper with 7:16 remaining.

Beard, who shot 0-for-8 from the field in the first half, was 7-for-12 after halftime and led the Mystics with 16 points.

“Alana Beard finally started playing like we know she can play in the second half,” Washington coach Richie Adubato said. “She got hot and brought us back to take the lead.”

Chasity Melvin, who made seven of eight free throws in the first half while scoring 15 points, was held scoreless in the second half.

The Mystics (2-5) last led 62-61 after Shannon Johnson hit a pair of free throws with 2:59 remaining.

Washington entered the game second in the WNBA in 3-point shooting but finished 5-for-14 from beyond the arc.

Thomas made her first five shots to lead San Antonio to a 25-13 lead 11:09 into the game. She had her first miss less than a minute later.

Sun 81, Storm 69

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Katie Douglas scored 20 points and Margo Dydek added 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead Connecticut over Seattle in a rematch of last season’s WNBA championship.

It turned out to be a painful homecoming for Storm guard Sue Bird, the former UConn star, who broke her nose with three minutes remaining. Teammate Lauren Jackson’s elbow caught Bird as they scrambled for a rebound. Jackson finished with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting for the Storm (4-2).

Bird also broke her nose during the WNBA playoffs last year.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin added 19 points for Connecticut (4-1), which led 50-41 at halftime.

Lynx 62, Comets 58

HOUSTON — Katie Smith scored 21 points and Nicole Ohlde added 20 and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

After Michelle Snow gave Houston a 38-30 lead just 2:49 into the second half, the Lynx responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good at 41-38. Minnesota (3-3) iced the game when Stacey Lovelace made a pair of free throws with less than five seconds to go.

Snow scored 15 points to lead the Comets (4-2), who were looking to go 4-0 at home for the first time since 1998. Leading scorer Sheryl Swoopes, nursing a sore left ankle, was held to just eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.

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