Silver Stars 82, Mercury 81

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 03, 2012
Danielle Adams scored 24 points and Becky Hammon added 22 as the San Antonio Silvers rallied for an 82-81 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night. Sophia Young had 12 points and 14 rebounds to help San Antonio (8-5) win its fourth straight overall and sixth straight at home. DeWanna Bonner had 38 points and eight rebounds and Charde Houston added 19 points for Phoenix (4-11). Adams scored 20 points in the second half as the Silver Stars rallied after trailing by 13. Hammon scored seven points in the last 1:05, including a tiebreaking three-point play that put the Silver Stars ahead for good after Bonner's two free throws tied the score at 75-all. Hammon made two free throws with 38.5 to go, extending the lead to five. Alexis Hornbuckle hit a 3-pointer less than 8 seconds later, and Hammon made two more free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to seal the win. Bonner's 3 at the buzzer provided the final margin. Adams scored nine points in a 17-5 run that cut the Silver Stars' deficit to 52-51 with 2 minutes left in the third. Hammon's first 3-pointer since late in the first half tied the score at 61-all with 7 minutes left and Adams' driving layup a minute later gave them a 63-61 lead. San Antonio extended its lead to 66-61 when Hammon pretended to run upcourt, stole the ensuing inbounds pass and converted a three-point play. The Mercury dominated the first 23 minutes of the game before San Antonio closed the score. Bonner's 3-pointer gave Phoenix a 7-6 advantage, the first time San Antonio had trailed in five games since losing June 22 at Seattle. Bonner dominated San Antonio's smaller defenders, scoring 19 points in the first quarter while shooting 6 for 9 from the field. Bonner's 16-foot jumper gave the Mercury a 33-23 lead with 3 minutes left in the first half as they limited the Silver Stars to 28-percent shooting from the field. Silver Stars reserve Tully Bevilaqua announced prior to the game that she is retiring after this season. Bevilaqua has spent 14 seasons in the WNBA, including two seasons in San Antonio. She has played in 449 career games, scoring 1,900 points and is one of only four players in league history with 800 career assists and 500 career steals.
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