AT&T Center – After Monday’s preseason game, San Antonio Stars coach Dan Hughes said he was frustrated about not having his full team together. One game into the 2016 season, the 61-year-old was gave his squad a passing grade despite a loss.
Kayla McBride finished with a game-high 24 points, but it was not enough as the Stars suffered a 73-63 loss to the Atlanta Dream in front of 7,572 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night to open the season.
Dearica Hamby added 14 points and nine rebounds and Monique Currie chipped in nine for San Antonio, who scored just two points in the overtime period.
The game was the first time Hughes had his entire team on the floor together at the same time, leaving him impressed.
“I’d give it a B, I’d give it a solid,” he said. For us, just trying to understand what we can do with each other, it was real solid. Monique Currie is going to shoot it a little better. I like the shots she got, I like the shots Kayla (McBride) got, I like Moriah (Jefferson) ran us. (Dearica) Hamby is a work in progress, but you could see some moments.”
Moriah Jefferson finished her first WNBA game with four points on 2-of-10 shooting in 34 minutes.
“It was fun. Especially an overtime game,” Jefferson said of her first game. “First experience being out there, it’s definitely difficult, but can’t say I didn’t have fun. Really upset that we lost, obviously, but we can learn a lot from that game and go back to the drawing board, watch film and try to get better from that.”
Atlanta was led by Angel McCoughtry’s 15 points. Tiffany Hayes added 12 for the Dream, who are looking to get back into the playoffs after missing out last season.
The game was close all night long and into the final seconds. Jayne Appel-Marinelli forced overtime with a lay in as time expired. Atlanta would outscore San Antonio 12-2 in the extra period.
The Stars are now 0-1 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday when they welcome the Connecticut Sun to the AT&T Center for a School Day game at 11 a.m.