Hammon Helps Silver Stars Rally Past Dream

Silver Stars 82, Dream 74 (F)
Becky Hammon scored 26 points as the Silver Stars rallied for a victory over the Dream on Friday night.
San Antonio 82, Atlanta 74

SAN ANTONIO, July 11 (AP) -- Becky Hammon scored 26 points, Sophia Young had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Silver Stars rallied for an 82-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.

Vickie Johnson had 10 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which won its seven straight game. The franchise record is eight.

Trailing the team with the WNBA's worst record by 16 points 2:07 into the third quarter, the Silver Stars (15-6) went on a 17-1 surge over the next 6:25 to tie it.

"That was really big,'' Young said. "I think we just got our mind-set to score. We just made sure we stayed composed and played our style of basketball.''

The Dream (2-18), led by Betty Lennox, who scored 22 points, are back to the loss column after winning two straight.

"We had them on the ropes,'' Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. "I felt like we deserved to win the game.''

Atlanta took a 59-55 lead into the fourth quarter. The Dream led with less than seven minutes remaining, but the Silver Stars regained the lead when Hammon hit a 3-pointer with 6:45 to go.

They were ahead 76-73 when Ivory Latta missed a driving layup with 1:29 to go, and after Lennox was called for a technical foul immediately after the play, Hammon sank a free throw for a four-point lead.

Latta scored 14 points for Atlanta despite shooting 3-of-12.

"Sometimes I had to get the ball when the shot clock was running out,'' Latta said. "I'm going to bounce back. We're all going to bounce back as a team.''

San Antonio leads the Western Conference and is 9-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference.

The Dream broke open a tie game after the first quarter by outscoring San Antonio 13-2 through the opening seven minutes of the second quarter. Atlanta led 38-27 after Alison Bales hit a tough inside shot past Young with 3:03 left before halftime.

The Silver Stars missed the first five shots of the second quarter and were scoreless through the opening 3:42 of the quarter.

"Atlanta came out playing much better than us,'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "They came in with confidence and were making all the right plays that put us in a hole. But I think our team dug deep.''

San Antonio cut it to 40-34 after Hammon made a 3-pointer and 12-footer.

But the Dream finished the half with seven unanswered points. It consisted of a 14-footer by Lennox, a 3-pointer by Latta after a pump fake got Hammon to leave her feet near the end of the shot clock, and another midrange jumper by Lennox that went in for a 47-34 lead with 0.4 seconds left before halftime.

San Antonio was 4-of-15 from the floor during the second quarter while Atlanta shot 62 percent (8-of-13).

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