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Basketball - 04. June 2007.

USA - Silver stars get a tanning from Phoenix


SAN ANTONIO (WNBA) - Tangela Smith scored 22 points to lead all five starters in double figures as the Phoenix Mercury coasted to a 97-85 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Thursday night.

Smith scored 12 of her points in the first quarter to spark the Mercury to a 26-20 advantage. Phoenix built the lead to 44-31 at half-time.

Diana Taurasi, who had just three points in the first half, came alive and scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter as the Mercury pulled ahead by as many as 17 points.

Smith finished nine of 12 from the field for Phoenix, who shot 54.5% (36 of 66) from the floor.

Cappie Pondexter added 19 points, Penny Taylor 13 and Kelly Miller 10 for the Mercury (4-1).

Becky Hammon scored 25 points and Sophia Young contributed 22 for San Antonio (3-2), who shot just 36% (30 of 83).

Also on Thursday, Ashja Jones scored 31 points to fuel the Connecticut Sun to a spirited comeback and a 102-97 defeat of the Chicago Sky in overtime.

Katie Douglas had 22 points and was four for seven in three-point attempts for Connecticut (2-2), who trailed 56-43 at half-time.

Jones finished 11 of 18 from the field and made all nine of her free throws as the Sun shot a scorching 51% (36 of 71) from the field.

Nykesha Sales and Jamie Carey had 10 points apiece for the Sun.

Candice Dupree poured in 31 points and Dominique Canty had 16 points for Chicago (1-3).

Liz Moeggenberg came off the bench to score 10 in a losing effort for the Sky.

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