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Stars fall short in rematch with Shock

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After getting blown out by the Tulsa Shock on Friday, San Antonio Stars head coach Dan Hughes wanted to see his team come out more aggressive on the defensive end. The team clearly got the message early in the first quarter, but stopping Skylar Diggins proved to be a much bigger challenge.

Diggins finished with 30 points, including two clutch free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining as the Shock edged out the Stars 76-75 at the Alamo Convocation Center on Tuesday morning in their second meeting of the preseason.

“It was a hard fought game,” Diggins said. “They have a lot of veterans and they have a lot of great players on their team and we knew they were going to come in and play us tough especially after we got that win in Tulsa.”


Rookie Odyssey Sims added 13 points in her first pro game and fellow rookie Theresa Plaisance had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Shock, who stayed perfect in preseason play.

Tulsa rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half and a nine-point deficit in the second half to grab the win. Nicole Powell’s jump shot and Diggins layup tied the score at 74 with 43.8 remaining in the game.

On the next play, Shameka Christon was fouled and made 1-of-2 from the free throw line to put San Antonio back up 75-74 with 20.8 seconds left, but Tulsa would have one more play left in them.

After a timeout, Diggins drove and missed a layup, but got her own rebound and was fouled. Diggins made both free throws and Christon missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

“We’re still trying to evaluate our team from a team standpoint,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “Every opportunity we get, and it’s so early, we’re just trying to see if we moved our team along a little bit from the last time. I think we did.”

Kayla McBride led San Antonio in scoring with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Danielle Adams, who was very aggressive early, chipped in 11 points in 17 minutes.

“She is a great player,” Adams said of McBride. “She comes from Notre Dame, a pretty good school that was in the Final Four.”

Becky Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm both are trying to find their groove after suffering season-ending knee injuries last season.

“It is great to be back,” Young-Malcolm told me following the game. “Becky and I have a connection after playing together for so many years and I think by adding key players around us it will only make us better. With that said, we still have a lot of work to do.”

The Stars are now 0-2 in preseason play and will return to the court on Sunday for a Mother’s Day game against the Australian National Team before they tip-off the 2014 season on Friday, May 16 on the road against the Atlanta Dream at 6:30 p.m.

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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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