Becky Hammon showed the fans of Minnesota what they will miss when she officially retires at the end of the season. However, in the end it was not enough to help the San Antonio Stars.
Hammon scored eight of her ten points in the third quarter, but a 12-0 run by the Minnesota Lynx to begin the fourth quarter gave the Lynx a 88-78 win over the Stars in front of 9,104 fans inside the Target Center on Friday night.
Danielle Robinson finished with 15 points, while Shenise Johnson had 13 and Kayla McBride 12 for San Antonio, who have lost all four match-ups to Minnesota this season.
The Stars outscored the Lynx 25-23 in the third quarter and used a 13-6 run to cut Minnesota’s ten point lead to just four to begin the fourth quarter. However, San Antonio missed ten straight shots to begin the final quarter as the Lynx went on a 12-0 run to put the game away.
”That’s tough to make up,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. ”That’s a tough scenario for us to make that differential up in that situation and we had to deal with some foul trouble that we don’t normally do.”
Minnesota was led by Seimone Augustus’ 17 points, who returned after missing eight games with bursitis in her left knee. Lindsay Whalen added 14 points and Maya Moore chipped in 12 for the Lynx (19-6), who won their sixth straight game.
”It’s good to be able to have the physical presence of all 12 members of our team,” Moore said.
Despite the loss, San Antonio had their ‘magic number’ to clinch a playoff berth trimmed to six after losses by Seattle and Tulsa. The silver and black also lead the Los Angeles Sparks (10-14) by 2 1/2 games for the third spot in the Western Conference.
The Stars are now 12-13 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow (Saturday) night when they welcome Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.
(Quotes via WNBA.com)