Monarchs

71
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Stars

81
San Antonio Defeats Sacramento

SAN ANTONIO, July 20, 2007 (AP) -- Becky Hammon had 18 points, and every Silver Stars starter scored in double figures Friday night in San Antonio's 81-71 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs.

The Silver Stars (14-6) won their sixth straight and have surpassed their victory total of last season with 14 games left. San Antonio is 2 1/2 games ahead of the Monarchs (12-9) for the lead in the Western Conference.

The Monarchs, led by 16 points from Kara Lawson, have lost three straight. Ticha Penicheiro added 11.

San Antonio, which led by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter, got 15 points from Sophia Young, 12 from Vickie Johnson, 11 from Ruth Riley and 10 from Helen Darling.

Sacramento led 41-40 after shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Monarchs were 3-for-11 in the third quarter. The Silver Stars took a 12-point lead when Hammon connected on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the quarter.

The Monarchs cut it to 71-67 on a layup by Nicole Powell with 2:45 remaining in the game. But Darling and Hammon hit 3-pointers over the next 1:30 to give San Antonio a 77-69 advantage with 1:15 to go.

The Monarchs shot 70 percent from the floor in the first quarter and led 27-17. Yolanda Griffith was 4-for-4 and Lawson was 3-for-3 including a pair of 3-pointers in seven minutes.

But the Silver Stars tied the game on Hammon's fastbreak layup with 1:58 before halftime. The Silver Stars outscored Sacramento 9-0 on the fastbreak.

Tiago Splitter, the Spurs' first-round draft choice this year, watched the game from the first row with general manager R.C. Buford. It's probably the most San Antonio fans will see of him until the 2008-09 season because Splitter remains under contract with Tau Ceramica in Spain.