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|Danielle Adams scored 32 points off the bench for the Silver Stars on Saturday|
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"It feels great just to know that I'm picked,” San Antonio’s Danielle Adams said at the 2011 Draft. “Now that I'm picked I'm very happy with the decision and ready to get to work."
It didn’t take long for Adams to do just that.
The Texas A&M product got right to work Saturday night against the Atlanta Dream, dropping 32 points in only her third WNBA game. The total not only helped improve the Silver Stars to 3-0, but it also marks a franchise record for most points in a game by a rookie.
The single-game performance is an early highlight in Adams’ young career, but it also stands as evidence to her versatility. Fifteen of her 32 points came from behind the three-point arc on 5-of-11 shooting. Top that off with another 6-for-8 from inside and 5-for-5 at the line, and you have yourself a player who is bound to cause some damage. To make matters all the more impressive, Adams is getting her work done by coming the bench.
"Coach told me I have the green light," Adams said following the Silver Stars' 86-74 win. "So I'm going to take every open shot I get."
It’s still early in the season (and her career), but when you consider 11 other teams passed on her before San Antonio general manager Dan Hughes selected Adams 20th overall, the stage is setting up rather nicely for a sleeper-pick success story. In her first game, Adams scored five points in 15 minutes of play, but followed up her debut with 11 points in 26 minutes of court time in a rematch against Tulsa.
“It took a while but I'm very happy with the selection that's been made for me to go to San Antonio,” said Adams moments after she was selected in the draft. “I plan on working hard to get them into the playoffs and bring them a WNBA championship."
If her WNBA career continues along the course of her college career, then she’s already off to a good start. Adams secured a NCAA Championship with the Aggies last season, defeating Notre Dame 76-70. She scored 30 points in the win.
After one full week of play, San Antonio remains the lone undefeated team in the league. The Silver Stars will have plenty of time to rest this week before traveling to Phoenix to take on the Mercury Friday night.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the games played out this weekend:
New York 81, Indiana 80
Cappie Pondexter hit the game-winning shot with 8.1 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Liberty the win.
San Antonio 93, Tulsa 62
Five San Antonio players finished in double figures as the Silver Stars defeated the Shock for the second time in six days.
Chicago 78, Connecticut 75
Sylvia Fowles led all scorers with 23 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Rookie Courtney Vandersloot scored 18 points and added five assists in the win.
Los Angeles 98, Phoenix 84
Candace Parker tallied 22 points and Tina Thompson scored 21 to help power the Sparks past the Mercury.
Indiana 86, New York 80
Tamika Catchings scored 19 points in Indiana's comeback win to tie the season series at one apiece.
Chicago 84, Washington 77
Fowles came up big once again for the Sky, scoring 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to improve Chicago's record to 2-1.
San Antonio 86, Atlanta 74
Connecticut 90, Tulsa 79
Tina Charles dropped 19 points and snagged eight rebounds to improve Connecticut's record to 2-1. Liz Cambage missed the final seven minutes of the game after Tiffany Jackson accidentally hit her in the nose.
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