Silver Stars Stop Fever

San Antonio 64, Indiana 53 (F)

SAN ANTONIO, June 21(AP) -- The San Antonio Silver Stars were looking for some offensive energy. And they got it in the return of one of their best players.

Sophia Young returned to the starting lineup and scored 17 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 64-53 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night.

"It was great to have Sophia Young back on the court tonight,'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "Sophia's perimeter game is so good that when teams choose to play off of her, she makes them pay.''

Young, who did not play in Sunday's loss to Minnesota because of a strained groin, was 8-for-12 from the field.

Ann Wauters scored 12 and Vickie Johnson 10 as San Antonio (4-4) remained undefeated at home.

Katie Douglas and Tan White both had 13 to lead the Fever (4-3). Ebony Hoffman added nine rebounds in Indiana's first loss in San Antonio.

San Antonio, down by two entering the second quarter, used its defense to hold the Fever to eight points on 3 of 18 (17 percent) shooting, and then went on a 12-0 run with 4 minutes left in the half.

"They were making it pretty tough out there,'' Douglas said. "So we have to do a better job, as that second quarter was the ugliest basketball that I've ever seen. We couldn't do anything out there.''

Young scored five of those points during that streak as the Silver Stars entered halftime up 28-20.

The Fever cut the lead to eight on a layup by White with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

But San Antonio would storm back and pushed the lead to 19, its largest of the game, when Johnson's 14-foot jumper made it 64-45 with 4:29 left.

San Antonio, the worst shooting team in the league at 38.7 percent, got hot against the top defense in the WNBA. San Antonio went 25 of 60 from the field for 41 percent for the game.

"We just played as a team,'' Young said. "We got out on transition. We ran the ball. We shared the ball and were able to score.''

San Antonio's Becky Hammon, who needed four points to hit 3,000 for her career, scored only two. She was 1-for-7 from the field.

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