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Poor second half woes continue for Stars in Atlanta

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The San Antonio Stars were burned by a poor second half as they fell 88-75 to the Atlanta Dream in front of 7,413 fans at McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday morning.

Isabelle Harrison posted 22 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Sequoia Holmes scored a career-high 13 points off the bench and  Alex Montgomery added 10 for San Antonio, who played without guard Kayla McBride.

San Antonio led by as many as 17 points, but a 23-12 third quarter for Atlanta would seal the Stars’ fate. Kelsey Plum started at shooting guard for the Silver and Black, scoring seven points.

“Atlanta was more aggressive,” Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. “We had 11 turnovers in the second half. It’s key for us to take care of the ball and be able to execute on the defensive side of the ball. The biggest thing is that we allowed Atlanta to get to the free throw line 41 times.”

San Antonio held Atlanta to a season-low 33 percent shooting for the game, their best opponent field goal percentage of the season.

The Dream were led by Tiffany Hayes’ 25 points. Rookie Brittney Sykes added 20 for Atlanta (9-10), who lead going into the fourth quarter and never trailed again.

“You always want to protect home court,” Hayes said. “Coming back [after the road trip] we didn’t want to lose, especially at home in front of our fans.”

Up next: The Stars are now 2-18 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday when they welcome the Indiana Fever to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

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