Stars 88

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Shock 79

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, May 19, 2012

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 20 18 24 2688
    TUL 22 20 20 1779

    Top Performers

    San Antonio: S. Young-Malcolm 20 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tulsa: T. Johnson 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    Silver Stars open up with victory against Shock

    Associated Press

    TULSA, Okla. -- Sophia Young scored 20 points and Shemeka Christon added 16, including a 3-pointer with 46.3 seconds remaining, to help the San Antonio Silver Stars open their season with an 88-79 victory against the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night.

    Becky Hammon scored 17 for San Antonio and Danielle Robinson added 11.

    "I thought (Christon) stepped up big in the fourth quarter and in the last stretch," said San Antonio coach Dan Hughes.

    Tulsa led 77-73 with 2:48 to play but San Antonio went on a 14-2 run over the final 2:33.

    "We have a young team and it's going to be a work in progress," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "Our kids played extremely hard and gave themselves a chance to win. We just couldn't execute at both ends in the last 10 minutes."

    Temeka Johnson led Tulsa with 21 points. Ivory Latta was next with 14. Riquna Williams had 12 points and fellow rookie Glory Johnson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    San Antonio made just seven baskets in the first period, but finished strong, shooting 55.4 percent from the field overall.

    "We were having trouble with spacing," Hughes said. "We finally started moving the ball and that's when we got effective in our spacing and cutting to the baskets. Once we got that, we were able to get our perimeter shooters more space."

    Temeka Johnson, acquired from Phoenix in an offseason trade, had nine assists to set a franchise record.

    We didn't come up with the win, but we did a lot of great things tonight," Johnson said. "We're a young team, we played three rookies. We know we need to do better. And we will get better."

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    Team Stat Comparison

      San Antonio Tulsa
    Points 88 79
    FG Made-Attempted 31-56 (55.357) 32-77 (41.558)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 9-18 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-29 (68.966) 6-10 (60.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-36 12-25
    Assists 19 17
    Turnovers 24 17
    Steals 13 17
    Blocks 7 0
    Fast Break Points 9 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 21 (0/0)