LaToya Thomas scored 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting, and the San Antonio Silver Stars closed with a 10-0 run to beat the Washington Mystics, 71-62, last night in San Antonio.

Thomas, the first overall selection in the 2003 draft, made her first five shots of the game and finished three points short of her career high.

"Fortunately, I kept getting the ball when the shot clock was down to about five seconds," Thomas said. "Luckily, the shots were falling. I felt it in the first half. I think I was in a zone."

San Antonio (2-6) shot 50 percent from the field (28 for 56) en route to its second win in three games after opening the season with five losses.

The Silver Stars led by 14 points with less than 17 minutes to play, before the Mystics (2-5) went on a 23-8 run over the next nine minutes. Washington took its first lead of the game at 55-54 when Alana Beard (16 points) sank an outside jumper with 7:16 remaining.

"Alana Beard finally started playing like we know she can play in the second half," Washington Coach Richie Adubato said. "She got hot and brought us back to take the lead."

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