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Stars run out of gas in loss to Fever

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Becky Hammon scored 18 points in Saturday’s loss to Indiana. (Photo by Rebecca George/Stars Hoops)

AT&T Center — No matter who you asked, everyone answered the same way. The San Antonio Stars were tired, coming off a back-to-back and getting home later than usual showed on the court on Saturday night.

Becky Hammon scored 18 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 75-68 to the Indiana Fever in front of 7,649 fans inside the AT&T Center.

After playing the previous night in Minnesota, the Stars got back to San Antonio at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon to play just five hours later at 7 p.m., head coach Dan Hughes declined to comment on the schedule issue and instead gave Indiana credit.


“Sometimes you get put into situations where you have to run uphill and you have to run uphill,” Hughes said. “We had pockets of good play, but you have to credit the Fever for playing good defense.”

Danielle Robinson added 15 points for San Antonio, who lost their second straight game and fell to 5-7 at home.

Lynetta Kizer came off the bench and scored 16 points for Indiana, while Shavonte Zellous added 14 and Natasha Howard chipped in 11 for the Fever (12-13), who trail the Atlanta Dream by four games for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana out-rebounded San Antonio 33-27, which included 13 offensive boards. The Fever also dominated in the paint as they had the 34-24 edge on the Stars.

”We got a lot of help from our bench,” Indiana head coach Lin Dunn said. ”We wanted to try to stay as fresh as we could against them since they were on a back-to-back and keep the tempo up, keep pushing the ball. I thought it paid off for us the last five minutes. I thought our fresh people our bench was able to score and defend at a high level and then I thought it bothered them that we were a little fresher than they were.”

The loss meant San Antonio leads the Los Angeles Sparks (11-14) by just a 1/2 game for third place in the Western Conference. Their ‘magic number’ to clinch a playoff berth still stands at six.

The Stars are now 12-14 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday night when they welcome Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky to the AT&T Center 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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