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Kelsey Plum’s rookie season has been about trusting the process

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With only seven games remaining and the San Antonio Stars sitting in the last place in the WNBA standings, rookie-star guard, Kelsey Plum is finally getting into a rhythm.

The Stars started the season off with an 0-16 record until their first win on June 30th against the Chicago Sky. Prior to the losing streak, the Stars were the talk of the town with the top overall pick in the draft and the selection of women’s NCAA scoring record holder, Kelsey Plum, who sustained an ankle injury during the preseason.

After their first preseason game, an 87-81 win over the Dallas Wings, prospects looked good for the San Antonio squad. After the Plum injury that kept her out for three games, and up until the end of June, the Stars failed to impress.

Before the Stars first win, Plum averaged 3.36 points per game. In the last 10 games, of which the Stars have won five, Plum has averaged 13.4 points. She had posted two career high’s in two different categories in two games over the weekend. The former Washington Huskie dished out 12 assists in a win over the Washington Mystics on Friday and had 23 points in an overtime win over Seattle on Saturday.

Kelsey Plum has found her rhythm the past six games. (Photo courtesy of Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

“I do. I think I continue to feel more comfortable,” Plum said after Friday’s win over Washington. “Tonight my shot wasn’t falling, so it was just whatever I could do to make our team win. People were making shots, so I was just trying to get Izzy and Kayla the ball. I think I will continue to get comfortable and continue to get better. I want to be a great player in this league, so I am going to do whatever it takes.”

With just seven games left for the Stars, the help from Plum is a good sign of what she will bring with a full year under belt in 2018. That combined with another top draft pick in April should make for a bright future for San Antonio.

“I think it’s not unrealistic to expect this as the norm moving forward,” she told the media after Saturday’s win. “I know it takes time, especially for rookies coming into this league to find a rhythm but hopefully going forward this is what fans should expect.”

The recent burst of success from Kelsey Plum seems to be reason for hope in the eyes of Stars fans.

Stars, WNBA to be featured in NBA Live 18

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If you’re a sports gamer and a WNBA fan like I am, you’ve long waited for one of the top basketball sim makers like EA Sports or 2K Sports to either make a WNBA game or include the WNBA in one of their games.

Thanks to EA Sports, your wait is just about over, as they announced today that full WNBA rosters will appear in their upcoming NBA Live 18 title.

Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that WNBA teams and players* will be playable in NBA LIVE 18, launching this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. The WNBA will be available in WNBA Play Now, and teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and skills of its players. This is the first time the official WNBA’s roster of teams and players will appear in a video game, and will be available only in NBA LIVE 18.

A few San Antonio Stars players have already been included in screenshots, and apparently, Stars rookie guard Kesley Plum was motion captured for the upcoming release.

Plum tweeted earlier today that she was excited about the release.

NBA Live will drop the demo of its new release for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 11, and you can bet the staff here at Stars Hoops will be putting it through its paces.

Watch the video below of some of the WNBA stars that were face scanned for the game.

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Poor start hurts Stars at home in loss to Washington

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JULY 25: Alex Montgomery #6 of the San Antonio Stars shoots the ball against the Washington Mystics on July 25, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Stars had a strong fourth quarter but it was not enough as they feel 85-76 to the Washington Mystics in front of 9,244 fans at the AT&T Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The result was not what San Antonio was hoping for to start off the second half of the season. Last Thursday, the Silver and Black put together their best performance of the season in a 85-61 blowout win over the Indiana Fever. In that game, the Stars out-assisted, out rebounded, and out played the Fever for all 40 minutes.

Tuesday was a much different story as San Antonio trailed 25-9 after the first quarter and never led in the game. Washington out rebounded the Stars 39-34, including 14 offensive rebounds. The Stars bigs had no answer for Elena Delle Donne, Emma Meesseman, and Krystal Thomas – who combined for 26 of the 39 total rebounds for Washington.

“They got a ton of offensive rebounds,” Stars guard Kelsey Plum said. “I think the percentage of scoring off of offensive rebounds on any team, but especially them, is over 60 percent. We just let them get too many easy baskets and they got comfortable.”

The loss saw San Antonio stay winless against Washington in two meetings this season. Overall, the Stars are 19-21 against the Mystics, including 8-11 at home. The teams meet for the final time next Friday at the AT&T Center.

The Stars were led by Dearica Hamby and Kelsey Plum’s 15 points. Kayla McBride returned after missing two games with an ankle injury and scored 12 for San Antonio, who shot 42 percent for the game. All 15 of Plum’s points came in the second half as she got more aggressive and slashed her way to the basket.

The No. 1 overall pick hit 2-of-3 three from beyond the arc and is looking more comfortable in the San Antonio offense with each passing game. Last Thursday, Plum had the best game of her young career with 16 points and seven assists.

San Antonio trailed 63-47 after the third quarter. The Stars outscored Washington 29-22 in the final 10 minutes to rally and cut the deficit to 76-70 in the final minutes. However, Washington hit free throws down the stretch to ice the game and any hopes of a Stars comeback.

“We are fighters. We’re not going to give up,” Stars head coach Vickie Johnson said. “It’s about us doing the little things; getting back into transition. How many baskets did they score on transition? How many free throws did we give up? How many free throws did we miss? It was all in our control.”

The Mystics were led by Elena Delle Donne’s game-high 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Emma Meesseman scored 16 for Washington (12-9), who are in first place in the Eastern Conference.

“To be on the road, it’s difficult to get wins so I am glad we came out with this one,” Delle Donne said. “I think there are things we can clean up, especially defensively, but still very happy with the focus we came out with after the break.”

  • Game notes: San Antonio’s 29 fourth quarter points are a season high. Previously, the Stars scored 27 points in a home loss to the Seattle Storm on June 6. Kelsey Plum’s 15 points led the team in scoring for the first time in her career. Kayla McBride scored 12 points and was in double figures in 14 of 16 games.

Up next: The Stars are now 3-19 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

Avalanche sign three more to roster

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The Colorado Avalanche have signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Bourque spent the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Rampage, tallying an AHL career-high 23 points and 10 goals. The 26-year-old also spent time in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals, where he totaled 37 goals and 60 assists.

Girard tallied seven goals and 13 assists with the Rampage in 2016-17 season. He had eight points with the Milwaukee Admirals, posting 3 goals and 5 assists in 35 games.

Siemens spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the Rampage. The 23-year-old made his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11, 2015.

The Rampage will open the 2017-18 regular season on October 7 against the Ontario Reign at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.