TULSA, Okla. (AP)—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.
“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.”
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.”