SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sophia Young scored 20 points, Becky Hammon added 18 and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Tulsa Shock 93-73 on Saturday night.
Jia Perkins added 17 points and Ruth Riley 12 for the Silver Stars, who recorded their first season-opening win since 2006. San Antonio hit nine 3-pointers in the first half to build a 51-26 lead at the break and never let up the rest of the way.
``It's a nice beginning,' coach Dan Hughes said. ``You see a nice energy.'
Hughes was back on the sidelines for San Antonio after he relinquished the head coaching job last year to focus solely on being the general manager.
Liz Cambage, the 19-year-old center who was the second overall pick in the draft, led the Shock (0-1) with 18 points in her pro debut. Ivory Latta added 15 and Amber Holt had 11.
Sheryl Swoopes made her return to the WBNA after retiring in 2008 because of injuries. The three-time MVP, who just turned 40, finished with five points.
San Antonio would build its lead to 31 points in the third quarter before Tulsa mounted a modest comeback, cutting the lead to 13 on Ivory Latta's layup with 9:09 left in the game.
The Silver Stars regrouped behind Riley's hot fourth-quarter shooting. She hit all four of her shots for eight points to secure the win.
``It's really hard for you to have everything go right for 40 minutes. I thought everything was going right for us,' Hammon said. ``We took a pretty good hit from them. We just have to learn from that.'
Both teams look much different than they did in 2008, when the then Shock swept San Antonio for the WNBA title. No member of that team is currently on the Tulsa roster, and the Silver Stars only have three members remaining from their finals team: Hammon, Riley and Young.
The Shock are now rebuilding behind Cambage and the rest of their young players.
``We didn't play very well, particularly in the first half,' Shock coach Nolan Richardson said. ``The thing that is hurting us quite a bit is the turnovers.'
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