AT&T Center — The San Antonio Stars seemed to be getting on track. Their past five games they held opponents to 72.6 points per game with aggressive defense. However, that all changed when they got caught in the eye of the Storm — the Seattle Storm.
Shekinna Stricklen scored a season-high 19 points as the Storm cruised to a 88-67 win over the Stars in front of 12,117 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
Seattle led by as many as 21 points and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half as they responded after a humiliating 20-point loss to the Phoenix Mercury just two days ago.
”Sometimes a loss like that really gets your attention,” Seattle head coach Brian Agler said. ”If we would have lost by a couple of points, we probably would have felt better coming out of there and we might not have addressed some issues that needed to be addressed. Taking a loss like that and they expose you on certain things, it got our attention.”
Kayla McBride led the Stars with 13 points, while Danielle Robinson and Shameka Christon each added ten points for San Antonio, who dropped to 4-6 at home.
”We just seemed a step behind everything,” Starshead coach Dan Hughes said. ”Makeable shots we turned into unmakeable shots. It was a tough night for the Stars, but you have to give the Storm credit. I thought they were very efficient, made shots, really hurt us on 3-pointers.”
In the second quarter Seattle picked up their defensive pressure as they went on a 14-0 run to take a 27-19 lead. Crystal Langhorne scored 16 points, Sue Bird added 14 and Camille Little chipped in 10 for Seattle (9-13), which won its second straight game in San Antonio.
”Coming off a loss, we were just coming in focused,” Stricklen said. ”Just being ready to play and it just happened to them.”
Seattle forced 13 Stars turnovers, which resulted in 19 points, and held San Antonio to a season-low 15 percent shooting in the third quarter.
”We just have to get back on track,” Robinson said. ”Obviously, we know how it feels when we do it right. We just have to remember that feeling and get back to it in Phoenix.”
The Stars are now 11-10 on the season and will have a chance to get back on track when they return to the court on Sunday afternoon in Phoenix to face Diana Taurasi and the Mercury at 5 p.m. inside U.S. Airways Center.