Freeman Coliseum – A 45 minute delay due to a leaky roof was an obvious sign that things would not go right for the San Antonio Stars in their home opener. Nearly three hours later, frustration was not even the correct word to describe the feelings of the silver and black after another loss.
Kayla McBride finished with 17 points as the Stars fell 73-62 to the Tulsa Shock in front of 7,305 fans at Freeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Danielle Robinson added 10 points and a game-high seven assists and Jayne Appel pulled down seven rebounds for San Antonio, who are off to their worst start in ten years.
Tulsa out-rebounded San Antonio 57-26, including 16-3 in the third quarter. The Shock converted 26 second-chance points to just eight for the Stars.
“The story of the game was rebounding,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “Obviously that’s something that the Shock paid great attention to. We didn’t finish plays in situations, and that’s your story.”
The Shock were led by Skylar Diggins’ 21 points. Jordan Hooper had 11 points off the bench and Courtney Paris finished with 10 points and career-high 19 rebounds.
Tulsa (3-1) was without leading scorer Odyssey Sims, who injured her knee in a road win over the Seattle Storm last Tuesday. The Shock are above .500 for the first time since the team relocated from Detroit to Oklahoma.
San Antonio is still winless three games into the season, their worst start since 2005. That year the team finished 7-27, the first season Hughes was at the helm.
“We have to win. You can’t keep saying, tomorrow, tomorrow, next game, next game.’ It has to start now,” Stars guard Jia Perkins said. “We don’t want to get too far behind. We just need to win and get confidence and that will help us.”
The Stars are now 0-3 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday morning to face the Shock at 11:30 a.m. inside the BOK Center.