Silver Stars extend franchise-best win streak to 11
PHOENIX (AP) -- Becky Hammon scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars past Phoenix 89-47 on Sunday, extending their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games and handing the Mercury their worst loss.
Hammon, a member of the Russian Olympic team that lost in the bronze-medal game to Australia, made two 3-pointers in the first half as the Silver Stars built a 19-point lead by the break.
Alexis Hornbuckle had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mercury, who have lost eight straight, dating back to July 1.
The 42-point margin surpassed an 89-48 loss to Seattle on July 19, 2002.
It was also the most lopsided game of the season for both teams as San Antonio hadn't won by more than 21 and Phoenix's worst loss a 22-point defeat to Minnesota in the season opener.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Matee Ajavon scored 22 points and Jasmine Thomas made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in overtime as Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak against Chicago.
Crystal Langhorne had 18 points for the Mystics (5-16), who had lost two straight and played for the third time in four days since returning from the month-long Olympic break.
Epiphanny Prince scored 18 points and her free throws with 26.7 seconds left in overtime put the Sky (8-11) up 71-70. Ajavon, whose 3 with 1.7 seconds left in regulation tied the game, fouled out on the play.
Thomas stepped up on the next possession and put Washington in front 73-71. Monique Currie made two free throws with 7.7 seconds left.
Sylvia Fowles had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Sky, losers of six straight games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Maya Moore scored 22 points and Minnesota clinched a playoff spot at the earliest point in franchise history.
Lindsay Whalen had 15 points and Seimone Augustus 14 as the Lynx (17-4) won their fourth straight. The defending champions didn't clinch a postseason berth until their 26th game last season.
Whalen also had four assists to pass Katie Smith for the franchise lead with 498.
Glory Johnson led Tulsa (3-17) with 17 points. The Shock have lost four straight overall and remain winless in eight road games this season. Five of Tulsa's next seven games are away from home.
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