By Andrew Medeiros

June 13, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

Becky Hammon scored 17 points on Friday to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars past the Seattle Storm, 74-69.
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Sparks Survive Clash of Conference Titans

Overtime thriller is a potential Finals matchup: With the NBA Finals also in town during the Los Angeles Sparks’ matchup with the Connecticut Sun on Friday, my mind has a hard time not thinking ahead to the WNBA Finals. The season is young, but with both teams atop their respective conferences it isn’t absurd to think these teams could be meeting again in September. If this overtime classic is any indicator, we’ll be in for a great series. The Sun fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter, but worked their way back to within four points with two minutes to go in regulation before Lindsay Whalen made two big buckets to tie the game and force overtime. Los Angeles trailed by two with 1:33 to play before Sidney Spencer hit a 3-pointer and the Sparks pulled away for a 98-91 win. Whalen led the way for Connecticut with 20 points and seven rebounds. Lisa Leslie paced the Sparks with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Kiesha Brown added 10 points and tied a career high with 11 assists.

The Dream are flirting with history, not in a good way: After Friday’s loss to the Indiana Fever, Atlanta is still searching for the first win in franchise history after nine consecutive losses, the WNBA's third longest losing streak at the start of a season. Coach Marynell Meadors said she isn’t concerned about the record. “We look at the next opponent. We're just trying to find the right chemistry, and I think I've found a pretty good lineup the last two games.” The Dream held a 12-point fourth quarter lead over the Liberty on Wednesday before watching it slip away down the stretch and were able to cut into Indiana’s lead down the stretch on Friday. Atlanta was also able to hold Katie Douglas, the WNBA’s third leading scorer, to just 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting.
"I feel like it's my job to hit big shots. It's been 16 days since a win. It feels really good and takes a lot of stress off me in particular.'' -- Washington guard Alana Beard, after the Mystics snapped a five-game losing streak and secured their first road win with a 64-57 victory in Chicago.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Mystics
14 pts, 7-8 FG
64-57 win at Sky

Tan White, Fever
21 pts, 7-12 FG, 5-6 FT
76-67 win at Dream

Lisa Leslie, Sparks
22 pts, 10-16 FG, 2-2 FT
98-93 win vs. Sun

Swin Cash, Storm
1-7 FG, 7 pts
74-69 loss at Silver Stars

Monique Currie, Mystics
3-11 FG, 6 pts
64-57 win at Sky

Ivory Latta, Dream
5-14 FG, 1-6 3-pt FG, 14 pts
76-67 loss vs. Fever

Saturday's Games ...

  • Shock at Mercury, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
  • Lynx at Liberty, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Storm at Comets, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Sparks at Monarchs, 10 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Taurasi

    Rookie teammate Candace Parker may still be ahead in the Race to the MVP, but veteran Lisa Leslie is still finding ways to impress in Los Angeles. Parker may be a big part of the Sparks’ resurgence this season, but Leslie’s return from maternity leave is certainly another major factor. It was Leslie who carried Los Angeles to a 98-93 overtime win over the Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut Sun on Friday. Leslie recorded her league-high sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists and three blocks.
    The Atlanta Dream may still be searching for the franchise’s first win, but rookie Tamera Young is starting to hit her stride. After setting a new season-high in scoring against the Liberty on Wednesday, Young topped herself again on Friday with a team-high 14 points during the Dream’s 76-67 home loss. The forward, who was competing for James Madison in the NCAA Tournament just a few months ago, also grabbed five rebounds to go along with season highs in assists (four), steals (four) and blocked shots (two).