Sunday, August 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

SILVER STARS 100, SHOCK 88 (OT): Becky Hammon scored 12 of her 32 points in overtime, and San Antonio beat Detroit at home Saturday.

San Antonio forced overtime when Sophia Young hit a 14-footer with two seconds left to tie the game at 79-79. Deanna Nolan had a shot to win at the end of regulation, but her jumper bounced off the rim.

With the game tied at 83-83, Hammon took over hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to help San Antonio (12-17) pull out the win. She bounced back from a scoreless performance in Thursday’s loss to Indiana to also have nine assists.

Hammon became just the second player in the league to score 4,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists in her career, joining teammate Vicki Johnson.

The win snapped the Silver Stars’ four-game losing skid - their longest in three seasons. It left them a half-game behind Minnesota for the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Nolan led Detroit (13-15) with 34 points. Kara Braxton added 14 for the defending champions, who were missing Katie Smith - sidelined with lower-back pain.

Young matched her season-high with 31 points and Ann Wauters added 15 to help the Silver Stars snap a four-game losing streak against Detroit, dating back to the WNBA Finals last season. The Shock swept the series 3-0 to win the championship.

MONARCHS 79, FEVER 78: Nicole Powell had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Rebekkah Brunson scored the winning layup with 36 seconds left to help Sacramento beat Indiana in Indianapolis.

Hamchetou Maiga-Ba added 18 points and Brunson had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Monarchs, who spoiled Indiana’s bid to clinch the Eastern Conference’s top playoff seed.

Katie Douglas scored 24 points and Tamika Catchings added 22 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Fever, who had their 13-game home win streak snapped.

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