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Stars outshine Sparks to snap losing streak

Danielle Robinson (Photo by Rebecca George/Stars Hoops)
Danielle Robinson (Photo by Rebecca George/Stars Hoops)

After suffering their third straight loss at home the night before, the San Antonio Stars regrouped and went back to basics and put together their best performance in nearly three years.

Danielle Robinson scored a season-high 24 points as the Stars cruised to an easy 101-74 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in front of 6,242 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

San Antonio’s 79-72 loss to the Seattle Storm on Friday night was so disheartening, a team meeting was needed following the game.

”Just getting on the same page,” Robinson said about the meeting. ”We are all playing for each other. There’s no drama or anything, we just wanted to clear some things up.”

The Stars used some of the same ball movement that their ‘brother’ team Spurs use, which has them on the verge of a fifth NBA championship.

”When we reviewed the tape upteen times last night, we were spotty (on ball movement),” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. ”We had ball movement and other parts we didn’t. If we are going to be a good basketball team, we’ve got to have it the entire game. We had it the entire game and you see the effect of that.”

Kayla McBride finished with 20 points, Jia Perkins added 16 and Becky Hammon and Shameka Christon each chipped in 10 for San Antonio, who had their two-game losing streak snapped.

Candace Parker had 16 points, Jantel Lavender added 15 and Lindsey Harding chipped in 12 for Los Angeles (3-6), who have lost three straight games.

”They hit 3s and we didn’t run them off the 3-point line,” Parker said. ”They need 3s to thrive and we did a poor job of taking that away.”

San Antonio finished the game perfect from the free throw line (24-of-24) and 9-for-15 from 3-point range. The Stars had a big disadvantage in the paint, but used speed and shots from beyond the arc made up for it.

”We got a lot more simpler,” Hughes said. ”We went back to basics. Let’s do this and let’s do this well and they responded well. I made it more about execution than about trying to analyze the strength and weaknesses of our opponent.”

The Stars outscored Los Angeles 29-16 in the third quarter to pull away. Robinson led the charge and was aggressive from the opening tip, something that has been missing in recent games.

”I wanted to come out and be aggressive tonight,” Robinson said. ”I know the team plays much better when I come out aggressive and just confident. I did that tonight, whether it was hitting shots or getting in the lane and kicking to my teammates for them to shoot the ball. I knew I had to be aggressive.”

San Antonio shot 54.8 percent for the game, while Los Angeles finished with 48.2 percent from the floor.

The Stars are now 5-6 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday night when they travel to Seattle to face Sue Bird and the Storm at 9 p.m. at KeyArena.

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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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