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Young, Hammon Carry Silver Stars Over Lynx

San Antonio 80, Minnesota 73

SAN ANTONIO, June 20 (AP) -- Sophia Young scored a career-high 24 points, and Becky Hammon added 18, to help the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Minnesota Lynx, 80-73, on Wednesday night.

Young shot 11-for-16 from the field for her second straight 20-point game. Erin Buescher had 13 points and Vickie Johnson 10.

"I think my teammates are doing a good job of getting the ball inside,'' Young said. "Our offense flowed really well from that.''

Seimone Augustus scored 27 points to lead Minnesota, which committed 19 turnovers.

The Silver Stars led by 11 points with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter and increased the lead to as many as 22. San Antonio maintained a double-digit margin until the Lynx's Nicole Ohlde hit a turnaround jumper and a free to make it 62-54 with eight minutes left in the game.

"Seven points doesn't really tell you what this game was about,'' Lynx coach Don Zierden said. "They played much harder than we did right out of the gate.''

Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes missed his second straight game while he recovers from Achilles' tendon surgery performed Thursday. He's not expected to travel with the team for games at New York on Friday and Connecticut on Saturday.

Hughes' absence allowed assistant Brian Agler to lead the Silver Stars against his former team. Agler was head coach and general manager of the Lynx from their inaugural season in 1999 until his firing midway into the 2002 season. He was 48-67 in Minnesota.

The Silver Stars broke open a 9-9 game by outscoring the Lynx 15-2 through a 3:28 stretch of the first quarter. The Silver Stars were 6-of-8 from the floor during the run and Minnesota went 2-of-12 the final 4:46 of the opening quarter.

Augustus and Lindsey Harding -- the top overall selections from the past two WNBA drafts -- were a big part of the Lynx's slow start. They were a combined 1-for-8 from the floor the opening 12:48 of the game.

"Playing from behind definitely put us in a push position instead of playing in a comfort zone,'' Augustus said. "They were aggressive from the jump until the end of the game. They made us work for every shot we took.''