Saturday's WNBA Capsules
Sunday, June 5, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird scored 13 points and handed out 10 assists, Camille Little led Seattle with 18 points and the defending WNBA champion Storm opened the 2011 season with a 78-71 win over of the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.
Lauren Jackson added 15 points and seven rebounds as Seattle built a big fourth-quarter lead and then watched Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi try to rally the Mercury in the closing seconds.
Taurasi scored a game-high 31, including 11 in the closing minutes as Phoenix trimmed a 19-point deficit to within five with 16 seconds left.
The six returning members of Seattle’s championship team from a year ago received their title rings, then went out and beat Phoenix for the eighth straight time and ran the Storm’s regular-season home win streak to 18 after going undefeated at home a year ago.
Sun 89, Mystics 73
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tina Charles had 18 points and six rebounds, Renee Montgomery added 15 points and Asjha Jones scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half for the Sun.
Danielle McCray, who missed her rookie season after a knee injury during her senior season in college, hit all five of her shots and finished with 14 points.
Nicky Anosike, who was acquired from the Minnesota Lynx two days before the WNBA draft, and Crystal Langhorne each had 16 points to lead Washington.
Fever 65, Sky 57
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katie Douglas scored 19 points with seven rebounds, Tamika Catchings had 15 points and nine boards and the Fever cruised to an easy win.
Tangela Smith scored 16 points for the Fever, who beat the Sky for the sixth straight time. Smith hit was 4 of 7 from behind the arc, one shy of her career high for 3s in a game.
Epiphanny Prince scored 20 points and Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and seven rebounds for Chicago, which fell behind 10-1 at the start of the game and never led.
The Sky cut the deficit to four by the end of the half, but Indiana jumped to a 10-point lead with a 9-2 run to start the third quarter.
Silver Stars 93, Shock 73
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sophia Young scored 20 points, Becky Hammon added 18 and the Silver Stars won their season opener for hte first time since 2006.
Jia Perkins added 17 points and Ruth Riley 12 for San Antonio, which hit nine 3-pointers in the first half to build a 51-26 lead at the break.
Liz Cambage, the 19-year-old center who was the second overall pick in the draft, led the Shock (0-1) with 18 points in her pro debut. Ivory Latta added 15 and Amber Holt had 11.
Sheryl Swoopes made her return to the WBNA after retiring in 2008 because of
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