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Stars fall short to Sky in overtime

Danielle Robinson finished with 17 points in the San Antonio Stars 95-87 overtime loss to the Chicago Sky on Saturday. (NBAE/Getty Images)
Danielle Robinson finished with 17 points in the San Antonio Stars 95-87 overtime loss to the Chicago Sky on Saturday. (NBAE/Getty Images)

Freeman Coliseum – The San Antonio Stars know the wins will come. However, they must go through the process to get there. They took another step in the right direction despite coming up short as they completed their first back-to-back of the season.

Danielle Robinson scored 17 points but the Stars fell 95-87 in overtime to the Chicago Sky in front of 4,026 fans at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday night.

Sophia Young-Malcolm added 16 points and 11 rebounds in her first start of the season. Kayla McBride added 15 points and rookie Dearica Hamby chipped in 13 for the Stars, who are off to their worst start in franchise history.

“Sophia had a double-double tonight. You can see her kind of getting in a good rhythm now,” San Antonio head coach Dan Hughes said. “Today was a great example. Just had to play her a few too many minutes, but her performance was really good.”

Elena Delle Donne had a double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago (3-3). Cappie Pondexter added 24 points and Allie Quigley chipped in 19 for the Sky, who rebounded from a last second loss in Atlanta on Friday night.

In the overtime period, Chicago held the Stars to just four points. The Sky used a 12-4 run in five minutes to pull away and show how dangerous their defense can be.

“It shows that we can rely on our defense, it will get us through when times get tough,” Delle Donne said. “Tonight solidified how important our defense is for us.”

After being down by 16 points in the second half, San Antonio tied the game at 83 apiece with a three-pointer from McBride. Moments later, a game-winning attempt from the second year player fell short and we went into overtime. Despite losing, it was San Antonio’s best offensive game of the season as they finished shooting 40 percent from the floor.

San Antonio was without Jayne Appel after getting elbowed in the mouth in Friday’s loss to Minnesota. McBride rolled her ankle and Alex Montgomery injured her knee in the first half. McBride returned in the second half, but Montgomery did not.

“ I think we know we need to come out aggressive, really set the tone, and play at our pace,” Robinson said. “I think we have been playing at other teams pace and it’s really been hurting us. We just have to come out in a different way.”

The Stars are now 0-6 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday when they welcome the defending champion Phoenix Mercury to the Freeman Coliseum at 7 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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