AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars put up a fight against the Connecticut Sun Thursday afternoon, but suffered a 72-68 loss in front of 6,267 fans at the AT&T Center.
The Stars, looking for their first win of the season, shot 39.7% from the field whole allowing the Sun to shoot 41.8%. Still, the Stars managed to put in effort throughout the game, especially in the second quarter. With input from rookie Haley Peters and Kayla Alexander, the Stars overcame an eight point deficit and even led by four in the second quarter.
Regardless, Connecticut dominated on the boards and scored 18 second chance points. Additionally, the Sun had 25 fast break points off San Antonio turnovers.
“The aspect that was troublesome to us was our turnovers” said Stars coach Dan Hughes after the game. “You can’t defend those turnovers that end up being laid up at the lane.”
The Stars ended with a total of 15 turnovers, which turned into 23 Connecticut points.
Kayla McBride struggled, shooting just 5-of-18 and finished with 13 points. Rookie Moriah Jefferson rebounded from her opening struggles and chipped in 10 points.
“It’s a couple of things that we have to do better and we’re going to have to address and work at those things,” Hughes said. “But they’re putting us in the games, now we’ve got to cross the line in order to win those games.”
Dearica Hamby led the way for San Antonio with 16 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting.
“A loss is a loss. No matter how well someone plays, you still come out with an ‘L’,” Hamby said. “I think he would’ve been more happy with it if we had won. I’m just doing my job. Coach is leaning on me a lot this year, and so me just stepping up.”
The Sun were led by Camille Little who had 13. Kelsey Bone had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Alyssa Thomas had 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
“We came in, we know that San Antonio is a hungry team, a young team just like us,” Bone said. “We wanted to come in and execute better than we did in our first game and try to come in and sneak a road win in. In this league, road wins are so important.”
Hoping to get their first win of the year, the Stars will take on the Dallas Wings this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in their first road game of the season.