Silver Stars Deal Fever Third Straight Loss

San Antonio 71, Indiana 63 (OT)

INDIANAPOLIS, July 24 (AP) -- Sophia Young scored 24 points, including four in overtime, to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 71-63 win over the short-handed Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.

Becky Hammon added 17 points and Vickie Johnson scored 12 for the Silver Stars (15-7), who snapped a four-game losing streak against Indiana.

"We're such a different team this year from the standpoint of personnel,'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "It's a new situation for us.''

Anna DeForge had 15 points and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 12 for the Fever (16-7), who lost a season-high third straight game.

Indiana was playing its second game without All-Star Tamika Catchings, who injured her left foot July 20 against Detroit. She could miss the rest of the regular season.

"You can't make up for a player like Catchings - you just have to fill in the hole she leaves,'' said Hammon, who scored 15 points in the second half and overtime. "Even without her, they're a quality team.''

San Antonio began overtime with baskets by Young and Ruth Riley to open a 65-61 advantage. Following Tully Bevilaqua's jumper for Indiana, Young shot two free throws and Riley made a jumper to extend the lead to 69-63.

"I thought our team came out aggressive tonight,'' Young said. "They have some really big, physical post players, and it was just a matter of staying strong in there and working hard.''

The Silver Stars took their biggest lead of the fourth quarter at 55-49 on Hammon's jumper with 4:35 remaining, but the Fever regained a 61-59 advantage following Bevilaqua's 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in regulation.

Hammon tied it at 61 with a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, and Indiana's Tamika Whitmore missed a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime.

"We had our chances, but just didn't take advantage of them,'' Fever coach Brian Winters said.

The Silver Stars started the third quarter with three straight baskets by Johnson to cut the Fever's 29-22 halftime lead to one point. Minutes later, San Antonio took a 34-33 edge following Camille Little's jumper.

Things won't get any easier for Indiana as it begins a three-game road trip at Sacramento on Thursday.

"We need to pick up our heads, go out West and win,'' Winters said.