Jackson scores 28 as Storm beat Silver Stars 78-57
Lauren Jackson scored 16 of her 28 points in the first quarter and the Seattle Storm cruised to a 78-57 victory over the San Antonio Silver...
The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Lauren Jackson scored 16 of her 28 points in the first quarter and the Seattle Storm cruised to a 78-57 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.
Seattle (4-1) raced to a 14-0 lead, with Jackson scoring the first 10 points, as San Antonio missed its first 15 shots. The Storm matched the the 2005 team, which also opened with four wins in five games, for the best start in franchise history.
Ann Wauters and Sophia Young scored 14 points each for the Silver Stars (2-2), who didn't score a field goal until Young's basket with 31.8 seconds left in the first quarter.
Swin Cash added 14 points for Seattle, and reserve Tanisha Wright had 10. Jackson pulled down nine rebounds, Yolanda Griffith had 10 boards, and Sue Bird handed out 10 assists. The Storm snapped a six-game losing streak against the Silver Stars, including an 87-72 loss at San Antonio last Saturday.
Erin Buescher had 10 points off the bench for the Silver Stars, and Young grabbed a team-leading six rebounds.
Wauters, who left the New York Liberty after the 2005 season but returned to action this year with San Antonio, got the start at center in place of Ruth Riley, who was out with a sprained ankle.
Seattle led from start to finish, and never by fewer than double digits after Jackson completed a three-point play to make it 10-0 with 7:06 left in the first quarter.
The Silver Stars didn't get on the board until Young hit a pair of free throws with 4:35 on the clock.
San Antonio shot just 28 percent (16-for-68) for the game. The Storm made 48 percent (30-for-62).
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