Silver Stars 99, Lynx 84
SAN ANTONIO (AP)
Danielle Adams scored 28 points, and the San Antonio Silver Stars closed the regular season with a 99-84 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.
Tangela Smith added 15 points, Danielle Robinson had 14, and Shameka Christon scored 13 for playoff-bound San Antonio (21-13).
''We were just moving the ball well, playing like a team,'' Adams said. ''(We were) just getting good shots. We played our defense, and it was just a great team effort for the win.''
Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Monica Wright added 16, and Lindsay Whalen scored 14 for defending champion Minnesota (27-7). The Lynx, who have the WNBA's best record, missed an opportunity to match the best regular-season record in league history.
The Silver Stars set a season high for points in a game despite playing without Becky Hammon and Sophia Young, who didn't suit up to rest for the playoff series against Los Angeles.
''We wanted to give some minutes to some people, but we wanted the execution, too, because we ended the year with three playoff teams in a row,'' Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. ''We wanted them to get that feel of what we think it's going to be like against that caliber of team.''
San Antonio scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, shooting 53 percent (20 of 38) with only one turnover.
''We knew that with (Hammon and Young) down, we were going to have to come out with extra effort and extra energy,'' Robinson said. ''Everybody was going to have to contribute a little bit more.''
Smith's 3-pointer gave San Antonio a 73-50 lead with 6 minutes left, its largest lead of the game. Smith's second 3 gave San Antonio a 78-56 edge with 4 minutes left.
Wright's layup cut San Antonio's lead to 88-77, the closest Minnesota had been since it trailed 48-37 with 4 minutes left in the first half.
Shenise Johnson hit consecutive 3s to extend the Silver Stars' lead to 94-77 with 5 minutes left.
''It gives us a great boost,'' Smith said. ''It gives us great confidence. We have it in our mind that we play really well on the road, so that gives us confidence going into L.A. We've beaten them three times. We just have to keep that momentum in our head, because right now, it's anybody's championship.''
Adams had 13 points in the first half as San Antonio took control early.
''They spread you out so much,'' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. ''Danielle has some girth to her. It is just challenging down low.''
The Silver Stars' Sept. 29 playoff game against Los Angeles will be played at the Freeman Coliseum because of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert at the AT&T Center.
Minnesota will face Seattle in the first round.
''It was a tough game tonight,'' Augustus said. ''Definitely not the outcome we wanted, but it's an eye opener for us leading into the playoffs.''