WASHINGTON – Becky Hammon scored 22 points and San Antonio's reserves combined for 35 points as the Silver Stars held off the Washington Mystics 73-67 on Tuesday night.
Quiet offensively much of the second half, Hammon's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in the game broke a 57-all tie and gave the Silver Stars (10-5) the lead for good. The win was San Antonio's fifth straight at Washington and the Silver Stars kept pace at the top of the competitive Western Conference standings.
Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points and Marissa Coleman added 14 points for the Mystics (3-12), losers of two straight and seven of eight overall.
Washington scored the final seven points of the third quarter to tie the score at 51-all.
Trailing 63-61 with 2:54 remaining after a pair of free throws by Nicky Anosike, the Mystics (3-12) missed an opportunity on the subsequent possession to tie it again. The Silver Stars then scored the next six points, capped by Hammon's two free throws, and made six straight from the line over the final 29 seconds.
Jia Perkins led the Silver Stars' reserves with 10 points as Hammon was the only starter in double figures. Jayne Appel had eight points and 12 rebounds.
San Antonio, closing a three-game road trip, led 37-34 at halftime in the first meeting of the season between the two squads. Hammon led all scorers with 13 first-half points while Langhorne scored 10 for the Mystics. The Silver Stars improved to 5-0 when leading at halftime.