The San Antonio Stars have had three consecutive underwhelming performances. It all started against the Washington Mystics and tonight was a chance to re-write a wrong and earn their first road win of the season. Sadly, they fell just short.
Jia Perkins finished with 23 points, but missed a game-tying three point attempt as the Stars fell 66-63 to the Mystics in front of an announced crowd of 7,093 fans inside the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.
Kayla McBride had 18 points and Sophia Young-Malcolm added 17 for San Antonio, who lost head coach Dan Hughes to a back injury in the second quarter.
Danielle Robinson was chasing a loose ball at the 4:46 mark of the second quarter when she knocked Hughes over into a chair, which fell open. Hughes went to the ground in pain and was taken off the court in a stretcher.
“I already thought they had started to get the momentum right then but we were trying to stave them off but clearly it refocused them, it’s a scary thing, a very scary thing,” Washington head coach Mike Thibault said. “That’s probably a more concern of mine then the actual game. Hopefully he’s doing well. I thought the rest of the game for a moment there was kind of an out of body experience in some ways for both teams.”
Despite, the injury to their coach – the Stars closed the half on a 15-2 run for a 38-27 lead. San Antonio allowed just six points from the Mystics in the second quarter, outscoring them 21-6.
“It was a great game,” Stars assistant coach Vickie Johnson said. “We lost by 30 to this team in San Antonio so we did a great job tonight. We just played last night but no excuses. Our team is a little tired however, they came out and they fought to the end. We had a chance to win, or tie and go into overtime.”
Ivory Latta led the Mystics with 23 points. Tayler Hill added 13 and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt chipped in 10 for Washington (11-6), who swept the season series from San Antonio.
“Everybody was out there doing their part, playing hard, and moving the ball in the second half,” Latta said. “The second quarter was probably the worst quarter we’ve had, but we were just moving the ball and I said a couple things to the team to get them motivated and thank God we pulled it out.”
San Antonio lost its 11th straight on the road.
The Stars are now 6-16 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday when they face the Seattle Storm at Freeman Coliseum for their annual Breast Health Awareness game.