Hammon leads Stars past Mystics


Becky Hammon scored 17 points against Washington on Sunday.

The San Antonio Stars had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Washington Mystics last Tuesday. On Sunday, the silver and black returned the favor.

Becky Hammon had a season-high 17 points and four three-pointers as the Stars defeated the Mystics 73-65 in front of 7,203 fans inside the Verizon Center.

Danielle Robinson added 15, Kayla McBride scored 12, Sophia Young-Malcolm 11 and Danielle Adams had 10 for San Antonio, who snapped their two game losing streak.

”I just wanted to be aggressive and I’ve always loved shooting in this gym,” Hammon said of Washington’s arena. ”I don’t know. It must be the lighting. There a few gyms you really like to play in. This is just one of them for me.”

San Antonio played without guard Jia Perkins, who is expected to miss the next three games with a strained hamstring.

Hammon entered Sunday’s game shooting a league-high 51.2 percent from 3-point range. She made all four of her attempts as the Stars led by 13 points early.

”That’s Becky Hammon being a leader,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. ”That’s Becky saying you know what, we’re going to miss Jia, but here I come.”

Monique Currie matched her season-high with 18 points for the Mystics (7-10). Bria Hartley added 14 and Emma Meesseman chipped in 10 for Washington, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

”We didn’t execute. I think more so than being fatigued or worn out it was execution,” Currie said.

The win kept the Stars one full game ahead of Tulsa and Los Angeles for the third seed in the tough Western Conference.

San Antonio made 7 of 15 3-point attempts. Washington missed their first 11 3-point tries and finished 2 of 17 on 3s overall.

The Stars are now 8-8 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday night when they travel to Connecticut to face Chiney Ogwumike and the Sun at 6 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena.

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Stephen Anderson

Assistant editor for Stars Hoops. Stephen brings his unique writing style from Minute By Minute Sports, a sports blog he founded. He also has written for news websites and for UK reality TV shows. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@andersonstevem) for all the latest news on San Antonio sports

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