Silver Stars Top Sky in Chicago
1 2 3 4 F San Antonio Silver Stars (7-1) 15 19 19 31 84 Chicago Sky (4-5) 16 21 19 18 74
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Sophia Young had 19 points to lead five San Antonio scorers in double figures as the Silver Stars improved to a league-leading 7-1 with an 84-74 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.
Rookie forward Danielle Adams scored 16 points, Becky Hammon had 14, and Ruth Riley and Danielle Robinson added 10 each for the Silver Stars.
"Defensively our team got better as the game went on especially in the second half," Hammon said. "It was just a grind tonight. It wasn't a pretty game but we found a way win. I thought our post players did an exceptional job hitting big shots for us and just playing really good defense."
Epiphanny Prince scored 19 points and Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (4-5), which has lost four of its last five. Erin Thorn added 14 points and Cathrine Kraayeveld added 10 for the Sky.
Fowles, who didn't score in the first quarter, was held below 20 points for the first time since finishing with 10 in the season opener against Indiana on June 4.
"When they sit on Syl that's when everybody else has open looks and then we get a couple in transition and that's when they start to pay attention to everyone else," Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. "We can always get her the ball more -- but the thing is you can't always get the ball on the wing and throw it to Syl because it's going to be five people there."
San Antonio trailed much of the game, but went ahead for good at 71-68 on Riley's 3 pointer with 3:29 left in regulation. San Antonio then made all 10 free throws in the final 1:05 to keep Chicago at bay.
The Sky led 37-34 at halftime as Fowles scored five consecutive points in the final 1:08. The Silver Stars shot only 35 percent (12 of 34) in the first 20 minutes.
"We aren't buckling down the way we need to," Kraayeveld said. "I don't know if we need to get mad, but we need to do something. We've got to just stick together. We have a good team here, so we've just got to come together and learn from this one and move."
The teams were even in the third quarter before San Antonio outscored Chicago 31-18 in the fourth. Riley scored all 10 of her points and Robinson had eight in the final period.
"You have to build your play with streaks and we got some stops," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "We had some timely shots. Our execution just got better at the right time of the game."
Jia Perkins scored just six points in her first game against her former team after an offseason trade sent her to San Antonio in exchange for Michelle Snow. Perkins averaged 23.7 points in the Silver Stars' previous three games.
Snow had three rebounds in the first half to become the 12th player in WNBA history to reach 2,000 for her career. She's the seventh player with 2,800 points, 2,000 rebounds and 300 blocks.
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