Gameday: Stars vs. Lynx - 8/15/14
Stars clinch playoff spot, extend Hammon's careerSAN ANTONIO (AP) - Jia Perkins scored 23 points and the San Antonio Stars extended Becky Hammon's career with a 92-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.
Hammon is retiring at the end of the season following a 16-year career in the WNBA after she was undrafted out of Colorado State. She will join the San Antonio Spurs and become the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA, but her historic new career will have to wait at least a week longer.
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford and ''Good Morning America'' anchor Robin Roberts were among the largest home crowd of the season as San Antonio commemorated Hammon's career with a postgame ceremony.
Hammon received a standing ovation and a long embrace from Stars coach Dan Hughes upon exiting the game with 1:20 remaining and San Antonio having secured its seventh playoff berth in eight seasons.
She finished with seven points and 10 assists in 23 minutes.
The Stars secured the final playoff berth in the Western Conference, and will face either the Lynx or top-seeded Phoenix Mercury. San Antonio (15-18) won the season series against Los Angeles (15-17), but the Sparks can secure the third seed by winning their last two regular-season games, or having the Stars lose their season finale on Sunday at Chicago.
Danielle Adams added 19 points and Danielle Robinson had 12 for San Antonio.
Maya Moore scored 20 points, Tan White added 15 and Lindsay Whalen had 13 for Minnesota (24-9).
Playing off the emotion of Hammon's final regular-season game, the Stars outscored Minnesota by seven points in both the second and third quarters in building a double-digit lead.
Perkins' jumper closed a 7-1 run and created a 65-55 lead.
Hammon smiled excitedly as the 12,659 in attendance gave her a thunderous ovation during introductions. Averaging 8.6 points, the lowest since her fourth season in the WNBA with the New York Liberty, Hammon had a hand in seven of San Antonio's first nine points.
She scored the game's opening basket, driving the lane and hitting an off-balance jumper high off the glass after receiving a shoulder bump from Whalen.
Hammon later fed Kayla McBride inside for a layup and then hit her only 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
Hammon's hot start was countered by Moore, who hit a series of off-balance jumpers and driving layups in scoring 13 points in 10 minutes.
San Antonio opened the second quarter on a 7-1 run to reclaim the lead at 31-29 on a three-point play by Sophia Young-Malcolm off a lob feed from Hammon.
The Stars closed the first half on a 10-6 run to take a 50-47 lead.
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