Stars Dominate Overtime to Sink Sparks
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Sophia Young and Becky Hammon scored 24 points each to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 98-85 win in overtime against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday night.
Danielle Adams added 18 points and Jia Perkins had 10 for the Silver Stars (4-4). Young and Hammon combined for 11 points in the extra period as San Antonio outscored Los Angeles 15-2.
Young had eight rebounds, two assists and three steals and helped limit Los Angeles' Candace Parker to 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
``The leadership of Sophia Young was amazing,'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. ``Sophia Young played with an intensity that was infectious for us. I've benefited from watching a lot of Sophia's games, but that one really showed not only her offensive end but her defensive end. She was incredibly active and really led us in this situation.''
Alana Beard had 23 points to lead the Sparks (7-3), who shot just 1 for 9 in overtime and lost for the second straight night. Kristi Tolliver scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 10.
The Sparks closed regulation on a 15-7 run to tie the score at 83 and force overtime. Hammon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Los Angeles was playing its third game in four nights, and the physical toll of that schedule seemed apparent in the extra period overtime.
``I think that and a couple of other factors probably took a little wind out of our sails,'' Sparks coach Carol Ross said.
After calling only 15 fouls through three quarters despite a physical contest, the officials whistled for 16 in the final period - visibly frustrating the Sparks, who were assessed 15 more fouls than the Silver Stars. Los Angeles had three players foul out - Kristi Toliver near the midpoint of the fourth quarter and Beard and Parker in the final minute of overtime.
Tolliver's final foul drew protests from Los Angeles' bench, which claimed she only had five.
The fouls included a charge on Parker with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth after she passed to Lavender alone under the basket with the Sparks trailing 83-82.
Despite the foul trouble, Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by 11 points in the first half.
Parker overcame a lethargic start to score 12 points in the second half. Her five-foot jumper with 24.9 seconds left was the Sparks' lone basket in overtime. She fouled out shortly after making that shot.
``That's what our game plan was - to try to contain Parker,'' Adams said. ``Me, Sophia and Jayne (Appel), we did an awesome job on Parker. We tried our best out there. We were just grateful to get the win.''
Parker's 12-foot jumper with 3:34 left in the third quarter gave the Sparks their first lead since her first basket gave them a 2-0 advantage 12 seconds into the game.
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