Danielle Adams scored hit a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left in regulation and scored five of her ten points in overtime as the San Antonio Stars defeated the Seattle Storm 87-82 in front of 5,376 fans inside KeyArena on Friday night.
Danielle Robinson scored 20 points and dished out six assists for San Antonio, who avenged their 79-72 loss to Seattle last Friday. Jia Perkins added 15 points on five 3s and Jayne Appel finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
”I just knocked it down with confidence,” said Adams. ”I just shot it like I shoot any other shot.”
With the Stars down 71-68, Robinson found Adams in the corner for the game-tying three that forced overtime.
”She [Adams] really hadn’t finished well for us in a game,” San Antonio head coach Dan Hughes said. ”That’s a player stepping up and she carried it over into overtime. That was a big shot. She’s capable of making that, we just had a hard time getting her going to that point.”
Sue Bird scored a season-high 23 points and had nine assists while Camille Little scored a season-high 20 for Seattle (5-9), who dropped their second consecutive game. Guard Tanisha Wright sat out with a bruised knee. She had started all 13 games, averaging 10.6 points for the Storm.
”We’ve been through this many times with various people,” Seattle head coach Brian Agler said. ”Tanisha at times, Sue, Lauren (Jackson). We’ve had people out so that’s not an excuse for us. We’re a team. It’s not a one-person show, so we’ve got to find a way to get it done.”
Robinson hit 10 of 11 free throws, including all six in overtime to seal the victory for San Antonio. Following the game, she gave credit to her mom for her automatic free throw shooting.
”My mom always said, `It’s a free throw, nobody’s guarding you so you should make it,”’ Robinson said. ”So credit to my mom for pushing me in that area.”
The Stars are now 6-6 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Los Angeles to face Candace Parker and the Sparks at Staples Center at 2:30 p.m.
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