Bird, Cash lead Storm past Silver Stars, 70-60
Posted Sep 03 2011 10:52PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Sue Bird scored 15, Swin Cash had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 70-60 on Saturday night.
Lauren Jackson added 13 points for Seattle (19-13), which has won six of its last seven games and took four of five in the season series against San Antonio.
Sophia Young scored 22 points and Becky Hammon had 14 for the Silver Stars (15-16), who lead Los Angeles by 1 1/2 games for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio also fell 2 1/2 games behind third-place Phoenix. The Mercury and Sparks played later.
After the Silver Stars cut a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to seven, Cash banked in a 3-pointer and Seattle never looked back.
Cash topped 4,000 career points, reaching the mark when Bird found her for a layup with 8:23 left in the third quarter.
The Storm outrebounded San Antonio 40-21 and shot 14 for 26 in the second half.
Seattle has beaten San Antonio 10 of the last 11 times the teams have met. Jackson didn't play the lone time the Silver Stars won.
San Antonio's standout rookies Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams both struggled. Robinson was 1 for 10 and Adams 0 of 7.
The Storm committed eight turnovers in the third quarter but hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and outrebounded the Silver Stars 11-3. Seattle took its biggest lead, 47-40, on Katie Smith's layup with two minutes left. Smith stole the ball, passed it to Tanisha Wright, who found Smith downcourt for the score.
Leading 47-44 after three quarters, Seattle went on a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter, with Bird leading the way with seven points and an assist during the spurt.
Seattle, up 30-29 at halftime, used an 11-2 second-quarter run to turn a seven-point deficit into a two-point lead. Le'coe Willingham began the run with a jumper and Cash later capped it with five straight points after having gone scoreless up to that point. Cash had seven first-half rebounds, as Seattle held a 21-14 rebounding advantage at halftime.
The Silver Stars led Seattle 16-13 after the first quarter, holding Seattle to 6-of-18 shooting. San Antonio took its biggest lead at 16-11 on Young's free throw.
Cash missed all five of her shots in the quarter. Bird led all scorers with seven points, hitting 3 of 4 shots. Her only miss came when she forced up a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.
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