BY SPNW Staff 08:01PM 09/14/2012

Bird, Jackson hurt; Storm crushed by Stars

Missing their two Olympians, Sue Bird (hip flexor) and Lauren Jackson (strained hamstrong) with injuries, Friday night in San Antonio, the Storm had almost no shot.

After a 25-20 lead after first quarter, the Storm collapsed, 90-66, to end a four-game road trip with three consecutive losses. The Storm have lost seven of their past 10 despite the return of Bird and Jackson. Bird missed her second game in a row.

The Stars’ Becky Hammon scored 25 points, Sophia Young added 19 and Shameka Christon had 13 for San Antonio (19-11). The Silver Stars were 19 of 23 from the free throw line, the Storm 6 of 8.

For the Storm (13-17), Tina Thompson and Ann Wauters each had 12 points and Svetlana Abrosimova (13-17). The Storm had  20 turnovers, the third game in a row with at least 20. They als

Ahead 38-36 at the half, San Antonio scored the second half’s first eight points, which  prompted a timeout by Seattle coach Brian Agler. Katie Smith hit a 3-pointer out of the timeout to cut the lead to 46-39, but the Silver Stars ran away thereafter.

San Antonio missed 14 of its 20 shots in the fourth quarter but still maintained a big lead.


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