Silver Stars get by Liberty, bump undefeated home record to 10-0

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Becky Hammon scored 27 points against her former team and Sophia Young added 23 as the San Antonio Silver Stars won their fifth straight game with a 83-79 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.

It's the third time in as many games that Hammon has topped the Silver Stars in scoring when meeting the Liberty.

Ann Wauters added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Silver Stars, who matched their season-best winning streak.

"We're just doing whatever it takes to win the game," said Hammon, who hit 14-of-15 free throws. "I just pick what they're giving me and just making decisions out there. Tonight I was able to knock down a few shots and get it going that way a little bit."

San Antonio is 10-0 at home and 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams. The Silver Stars, winners of 10 of their last 12, are a game ahead of Los Angeles in the Western Conference.

The Liberty were led by Shameka Christon's 27 points. New York was trying to snap another Western Conference team's winning streak. On Saturday, the Liberty defeated Phoenix to snap the Mercury's four-game winning streak.

"San Antonio plays well together," Christon said. "We didn't play our best game tonight and it's something we might watch film on and learn from what went wrong."

Tiffany Jackson came off the New York bench and added 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes.

San Antonio's reserves went 0-for-8 and were scoreless.

The Liberty led 59-58 with 8:21 to go. It was 62-62 when the Silver Stars scored 10 straight points.

"We're veteran enough to not be dismayed by the equity of the teams we play," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "There are going to be runs made, and we have enough confidence that we can make that last run."

Vickie Johnson, another former Liberty player, scored four of those on a breakaway layup after a steal and another easy layup when she gathered another loose ball after Young won a jump ball.

The Silver Stars led 72-62 with less than four minutes to play.

New York cut it to four with 23 seconds to go after Christon hit consecutive 3-pointers.

The Liberty went 2-3 on a season-long five-game road trip. They were trying to win consecutive games for the first time since June 11.

After falling behind 18-10 midway through the first quarter, New York responded by scoring the next eight straight points. Jackson hit an 18-foot jumper, followed by an offensive rebound and putback on the next trip down the floor.

The Liberty led by as much as five points with 1:25 to go in the first half. But San Antonio tied it at halftime when Essence Carson was called for a foul on Hammon, who was putting up a last-second shot from near halfcourt.

"That's a bad call," Liberty coach Pat Coyle yelled at Simpson.

Hammon, the best free-throw shooter in the league with 84-of-88 coming into the game, made all three shots from the line with less than a second showing on the clock.

"Maybe a young mistake," Hammon said. "You don't ever want to get close to a shooter like that at the end-of-game situation. I'm sure she won't do that again in a very long time."