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Storm slip past Silver Stars 69-63

Posted: August 13, 2013 - 12:04am
Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, right, shoots over Connecticut Sun's Tina Charles during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)  Jessica Hill
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Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, right, shoots over Connecticut Sun's Tina Charles during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

SEATTLE — Tina Thompson said that the Seattle Storm didn’t need a different game plan. They just needed to execute the plan they already had.

Thompson put up a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Tanisha Wright added 16 points, and the Storm earned a 69-63 victory against the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday.

Wright’s two free throws with 10.9 seconds left made it a two-possession game at 68-63.

Camille Little also had a double-double for Seattle (10-12), scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards.

The Storm, in the Western Conference’s fourth and final playoff spot, regained a 2½-game lead on fifth-place San Antonio after being routed 77-56 by the Silver Stars on Friday night.

“We were a little embarrassed the other night. You never want to get beat like that on your home court,” said Thompson, whose double-double was her second in the past three games and third of the season.

“We definitely came out today with a different focus. It was executing our strategy.

“Last game, I don’t even think we could tell whether our strategy worked or not, because we didn’t implement any of it.”

Jia Perkins had 19 points for the Silver Stars (8-15), and Jayne Appel had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Seattle coach Brian Agler agreed with Thompson that following the game plan was a part of Sunday’s outcome. But shaking off Friday’s game was just as big a part.

“People of character always respond, and I said (to the players before the game) that I know what kind of people we have in here,” Agler said.

“Us responding didn’t surprise me. I didn’t know whether it would be good enough to win or not. But I knew we would respond and play better.

“I think everybody who saw both games can see that there was a difference.”

In addition to Thompson’s 11 and Little’s 10, guard Noelle Quinn had a career-high 11.

San Antonio finished with 32 rebounds.

“Their ability to get 15 offensive rebounds that was something we talked about before the game, but that had a lot to do with (the outcome), Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said.

“Neither team shot the ball very well (Seattle hit 44.9 percent, San Antonio 33.3 percent), but they got extra opportunities.”

After trailing for the entire game on Friday, the Storm were up by as many as 17 points on Sunday, the last time at 45-28 with 8:01 left in the third quarter.

Seattle then missed its next eight shots, and the Silver Stars got as close as eight points at 47-39 before the Storm stretched it back to 11 at 56-45 going into the final 10 minutes.

The Storm couldn’t get the lead back to double digits in the fourth quarter. But San Antonio never came closer than three points at 66-63 on a lay-in by Appel with 13.8 seconds left.

The teams traded the lead nine times in the first quarter. The last of those lead changes came with 1:47 left when a shot by Thompson put the Storm on top 16-15, and they never trailed again.

“I thought we came out in the second half and showed a lot of poise to turn around how we had been playing,” Appel said. “If we would’ve come out and played two halves, it would have been our game.”

In a recent games:

SKY 98, Lynx 86

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Elena Delle Donne forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer and had a career-high 32 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 94-86 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. Delle Donne added five points in the extra period for East-leading Chicago (15-7), which got 31 points from Sylvia Fowles, including six in overtime. Seimone Augustus led a balanced Lynx attack with 26 points, Maya Moore had 19, while Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson had 16 and 14 points, respectively.

The Sky rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to lead in the late going before Augustus’ go-ahead jumper with 47.3 seconds left in regulation gave the Lynx a 77-76 lead.

Whalen made it 79-76 with two free throws before Delle Donne’s game-tying 3-pointer.

MYSTICS 74, SUN 63

WASHINGTON — Crystal Langhorne scored 18 points and Washington held on to beat Connecticut, giving coach Mike Thibault his second victory over his former team this season.

Ivory Latta added 14 points, including a crucial late 3-pointer to help seal the victory for the Mystics (11-13), who won their second straight to keep hold of sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Monique Currie added 12 points and Michelle Snow grabbed 10 rebounds for Washington, which had its 21-point third-quarter lead shrink to four during the fourth.

Tina Charles scored 18 points and Kelsey Griffin added 17 for the last-place Sun (6-15), who lost their third straight and sixth in their past eight.

Thibault was fired last November after 10 seasons leading the Sun.

MERCURY 77, SHOCK 56

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to its second straight win over Tulsa.

Tulsa missed 15 straight shots, getting shutout over a 10-minute stretch of the first half, while Phoenix scored 21 points in a row to take control in the second quarter.

Candice Dupree had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Mercury (12-11), who beat the Shock on Friday.

Liz Cambage had 19 points and six rebounds for Tulsa (7-17), which has lost four of its last five games.

Phoenix set a league mark with 12 blocked shots in the first half and held Tulsa to a franchise-low four points in the second quarter.

LIBERTY 88, DREAM 82

ATLANTA — Cappie Pondexter scored 33 points and New York handed Atlanta its first home loss.

Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and Erika de Souza had a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Dream lost for the seventh time in eight games after a 10-1 start to the season.

Atlanta (11-8) became the last WNBA team to lose at home, falling to 8-1 in Philips Arena. New York (10-13) moved to 4-7 on the road.

The Liberty outrebounded the Dream 43-30.

STORM 69, SILVER STARS 63

SEATTLE — Tina Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Tanisha Wright added 16 points and Seattle earned a victory over San Antonio.

Wright’s two free throws with 10.9 seconds left made it a two-possession game.

Camille Little also had a double-double for Seattle (10-12), scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Jia Perkins had 19 points for the Silver Stars (8-15), and Jayne Appel had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

The Storm, in the Western Conference’s fourth and final playoff spot, regained a 2½-game lead on fifth-place San Antonio after being routed 77-56 by the Silver Stars on Friday night.

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