Silver Stars' win streak reaches 9
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jia Perkins scored 21 points and the San Antonio Silver Stars defeated the Atlanta Dream 91-70 Friday night for a franchise-record ninth straight victory.
San Antonio (13-5) also established the franchise's best start after 18 games.
Becky Hammon added 15 points for the Silver Stars. Sophia Young, Danielle Robinson and Shenice Johnson each had 12.
Sancho Lyttle led Atlanta with 21 points. Tiffany Hayes and Armintie Price had 15 each.
San Antonio scored at least 20 points in every quarter in surpassing 90 points for the fifth time during the winning streak.
The Dream had seven fast-break points in the opening quarter, including a layup by Price in a 9-3 run for a 26-20 lead.
Perkins rallied the Silver Stars, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to tie the game at 28.
Perkins, Hammon and Johnson scored all but 3 of San Antonio's 20 points in the second quarter.
The Silver Stars went 4 minutes without a field goal after Shameka Christon's 16-foot jumper gave them a 44-37 lead early in the second half. Their only points in that span were a pair of free throws by Jayne Appel.
San Antonio still held a 46-45 lead despite the offensive struggles.
Perkins hit 3-pointer on an assist from Young, who jumped out of bounds to save the ball.
Young later sprinted past the defense to close the quarter by tossing in a jumper at the buzzer for a 65-52 lead.
The Silver Stars extended their lead to 80-63 when Perkins completed a four-point play after being fouled by Ketia Swanier on a 3-pointer.
The Dream were without starting forward Angel McCoughtry, who has been sidelined since July 1 with a left knee sprain.