The San Antonio Stars could not complete their rally as they fell 85-76 to the Seattle Storm in front of an announced crowd of 4,260 fans at the AT&T Center on Tuesday evening.
Kayla McBride led San Antonio for the second straight game, scoring 21 points. Isabelle Harrison and Moriah Jefferson each scored 10 points for the Stars, who are off to their worst start in franchise history.
San Antonio trailed by as many as 21 points, but used a 27-19 fourth quarter to cut the deficit to single digits. Kelsey Plum started her second consecutive game for the Stars, finishing with six points and two assists.
“We have a young team, so it takes a lot of focus from the start to be able to execute offensively and defensively,” Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. “We had a couple breakdowns, but Sue (Bird) does a great job at actually getting them into sets and organizing them very well.”
The breakdowns have been common for a Stars team still learning the growing pains of how to play together. Three games with missed free throws, which would have had them win the game. Tonight it was the lack of execution on both ends of the court.
“Definitely, at this point we’ve lost so many in a row, I think everyone’s just anxious to get a win,” Jefferson said. “In order for us to get that win, we have to stay mentally focused throughout the entire game. You’ve seen in every game we’ve had a lapse for about six or seven minutes where we’re just not there. We can’t win like that.”
The Storm were led by Breanna Stewart’s 22 points, with 12 coming from the free throw line. Sue Bird and Jewelle Loyd chipped in 10 points apiece for Seattle (5-2).
“I thought for the most part we played well, let up a bit in the fourth quarter,” Stewart said. “To start our road trip with a win is pretty great and we just move on to Indiana next.”
Up next: The Stars are now 0-8 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday when they welcome the Chicago Sky to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.