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The San Antonio Stars fell 72-69 to the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night, despite 29 points from Kayla McBride. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE)
The San Antonio Stars fell 72-69 to the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night, despite 29 points from Kayla McBride. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE)

The San Antonio Stars fell in their season opener to the Phoenix Mercury last week. As each game passes, the team looks better each time they hit the floor. The silver and black took another step in that direction against Atlanta in their second game of the season.

Kayla McBride had 29 points, but the Stars fell 72-69 to the Dream in front of 4,308 fans inside Phillips Arena on Thursday night.

San Antonio rallied from an 11-point deficit as they used a 10-0 run to tie the game at 66. The Stars were out-rebounded 41-29 for the game as Atlanta got 20 offensive rebounds in the game. The silver and black committed 17 turnovers that turned into 16 Dream points.


Rookie Dearica Hamby added 17 points and six rebounds, while Jia Perkins chipped in 13 for San Antonio, who are still looking for their first win of the 2015 season. The Stars benched struggled for the second consecutive game as Kayla Alexander scored six points, the only player to score from San Antonio’s second unit.

Atlanta was led by Angel McCoughtry who finished with 21 points. Center Erika de Souza added 13 and Tiffany Hayes chipped in 10 for the Dream (1-2), who earned their first win of the season after dropping the first two.

Perkins had a chance to tie the game, but was called for a charge. McCoughtry was fouled and made one-of-two free throws to make it 72-69. After a timeout McBride had a chance to send the game into overtime, but her three-point attempt went off the rim as time expired.

The Stars are now 0-2 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday when they host Skylar Diggins and the 2-1 Tulsa Shock at 3:30 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum.

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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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