Gameday: Stars vs. Sun - 8/01/14
Ogwumike leads Sun to 89-79 win over StarsSAN ANTONIO (AP) -
Chiney Ogwumike had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun fended off a late rally to beat the San Antonio Stars 89-79 on Friday night.
It was Ogwumike's 12th double-double of her rookie season. Alyssa Thomas and Alex Bentley had 18 points each and Renee Montgomery added 11 for Connecticut (11-17), which snapped a four-game skid.
Kayla McBride scored 27 points, Danielle Adams had 15 points and Danielle Robinson 10 for San Antonio, which has lost six of eight.
The Stars (13-15) remain a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (12-15) for third place in the Western Conference.
After trailing by as many as 20 points in the second half, 3-pointers by Becky Hammon and Adams pulled San Antonio within 78-69 with 2:46 remaining.
McBride completed a three-point play to pull the Stars within 79-74 with 1:45 remaining, but Thomas and Montgomery helped seal the victory for the Sun.
Connecticut went 5 for 12 on 3-pointers, making all of them in the first half on nine attempts.
Thomas opened the game 4-for-5 shooting, including a 3-pointer that sparked a 19-2 run bridging the first and second quarters.
Kelsey Griffin's 3-pointer gave the Sun a 27-12 lead with 8:28 remaining in the first half.
After Robinson hit a 19-foot jumper on the wing with 2 minutes left in the first quarter, the Stars did not score again until Kayla Alexander pushed her way in for a layup with 7:28 remaining in the first half.
Following a missed 3-pointer by Montgomery, Shenise Johnson made a 16-foot jumper to cut Connecticut's lead to 27-16 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
The Sun would go on another run, though, outscoring the Stars 16-6 with Ogwumike and Montgomery combining to score all but two points in the run.
In honor of breast cancer awareness week, the Stars wore pink jerseys, played on a pink court and introduced breast cancer survivors before introducing its starting lineup.
San Antonio coach Dan Hughes, who was warned by official Lauren Holtkamp with a minute remaining in the opening period, picked up a technical foul late in the third. After Robinson was whistled for a block with 3:43 left in the third, Hughes stormed onto the court in protest.
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