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Stars cruise past Lynx, clinch playoff berth

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Becky Hammon had 7 points and 10 assists in Friday's win. (Photo by Rebecca George)
Becky Hammon had 7 points and 10 assists in Friday’s win. (Photo by Rebecca George)

AT&T Center – On a night that was all about Becky Hammon, the San Antonio Stars players promised the 16-year veteran they would push hard to secure a victory to punch their ticket to the postseason to extend Hammon’s career a little while longer.

Jia Perkins scored a game-high 23 points as the Stars defeated the Minnesota Lynx 92-76 to clinch a playoff berth in front of 12,659 fans inside the AT&T Center on Friday night.

Danielle Adams added 19 points and Danielle Robinson chipped in 12 for San Antonio, who will return to the postseason after missing out last season due to multiple player injuries.


“When you look at what Minnesota and Phoenix have done, it is incredible success,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “But if we do things right we can put ourselves in a position to win and I feel we did that tonight.”

Hammon, who was honored with a post-game retirement ceremony finished with 7 points and 10 assists. Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, WNBA President Laurel Richie and ”Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts were among the big names in the building for the event. However, following the game Hammon stayed humble and said the night was about getting into the playoffs.

“Getting into the playoffs is the main thing, Hammon said. “To give our club a chance to move on and keep moving forward, I think we’re peaking at the right time, really starting to play together and its special. Multiple girls told me they were going to get this win for me tonight and they backed up their word.”

Minnesota was led by Maya Moore who finished with 20 points. Tan White added 15 and Lindsay Whalen chipped in 13 for the Lynx (24-9), who have lost three straight.

But this night belong to Hammon. As chants of “Becky..Becky..Becky!” rang throughout arena, both Hughes and Jia Perkins hugged Hammon as she exited to a standing ovation. All the work in San Antonio over the past eight years led to this night and Becky soaked it all in.

”My teammates, you guys make it fun every day to come to work,” Hammon said during the 45-minute ceremony. ”I believe in each and everyone one of you guys. I believe there are great things we can do together, when we do it together. Every day we go in and we fight for each other and we fight with each other to make each other better. When I leave, the best thing you guys can learn from me is to love and serve each other. Be about each other. Be about each other.”

The victory secured San Antonio’s seventh playoff appearance in the last eight seasons. The Stars will play either the Lynx or Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning next week.

“I’m really happy that this is the memory for Becky on this night,” Hughes said following the game. “We had to come back and beat L.A. and Minnesota, two playoff teams to get in and I’m excited to be back in the playoffs with the Stars.”

The Stars are now 15-18 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday in Chicago to face Elena Delle Donne and the Sky at 5 p.m. for the regular season finale inside Allstate Arena.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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