Jones, Sun roll over undermanned Stars
Asjha Jones had 19 points and six rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 71-58, in Uncasville, Conn., yesterday.
Sophia Young scored 22 points for San Antonio (1-3), which was without Becky Hammon, who was playing for Russia at a tournament in Latvia. The Silver Stars also were without Vickie Johnson because of a death in the family and Shanna Crossley, who was injured.
“I thought we competed well in our situation, but Connecticut played well enough to win,’’ San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. “Their ability to get to the glass was probably the separation factor today.’’
“We stayed resilient and made some plays down the stretch,’’ Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said.
Erin Phillips scored 6 of her 11 points in the fourth period for Connecticut (3-3) and rookie center Chante Black had 11 points and eight rebounds before leaving with a sprained elbow in the third quarter.
Liberty 93, Dream 81 - Shameka Christon scored 17 points and Janel McCarville had 15 to help New York pull away in Atlanta.
The Liberty (2-3), who began the season with three straight losses, scored 29 points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers by Christon and one by Cathrine Kraayeveld.
Fever 82, Shock 70 - Indiana overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Detroit in Indianapolis and deny Rick Mahorn his first win as Detroit coach.
It was Mahorn’s second game as head coach since Bill Laimbeer resigned.
Katie Douglas scored 23 points and Tamika Catchings had 15 points and six assists for the Fever (4-2), who won their fourth straight.
Storm 93, Mercury 84 - Lauren Jackson scored 25 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:03 left, as Seattle ended Phoenix’s three-game winning streak.
Phoenix hadn’t lost at home since Aug. 28, 2008, having won eight in a row at U.S. Airways Center.
Sparks 67, Monarchs 47 - Tina Thompson scored 12 points and Vanessa Hayden added 12 points and eight rebounds to lead host Los Angeles to a victory over Sacramento.
Betty Lennox and Marie Ferdinand-Harris had 10 points apiece for the Sparks (2-4), who broke a four-game losing streak.