Editor’s Note: With the WNBA playoffs just days away, today we kick off our playoff coverage. We will have you covered up to Thursday’s Game 1 against the Minnesota Lynx. To start us off, Samantha Garcia takes a look back at the 2014 season that had the Stars shining bright.
As the San Antonio Stars prepared to close out the 2014 season on Sunday, head coach Dan Hughes said he was happy to be back in the playoffs with the silver and black. He gave acknowledgement to the 2013 season and how far his team had come and praised his team for returning to the postseason.
The Stars began the 2014 season by drafting Kayla McBride from Notre Dame University. Adding her to mix along with getting Sophia Young-Malcolm and Becky Hammon back from knee injuries, San Antonio looked to start the season strong. The silver and black became road warriors early on as they posted a 6-3 mark away from the AT&T Center.
San Antonio was the only team to beat the Phoenix Mercury at the U.S. Airways Center this season. The Stars also took down the Minnesota Lynx once and Los Angeles Sparks three times.
McBride led the Stars in scoring with an average of 13.0 points per game. She had a career high of 30 points against the Tulsa Shock, including the game winner. She would match her career high twice during the season and hit another game winning basket against the Indiana Fever.
Jia Perkins was the go-to bench bomber as she averaged 12.5 points per game during the season and is a candidate for Sixth Women of the Year award.
San Antonio posted a 16-18 record in the 2014 season, better than the 12-22 mark a year ago. The Stars had a win percentage of .472 better than the .353 in 2013. The silver and black finished 8-9 at home and 8-9 on the road.
With the news of Becky Hammon’s retirement, the Stars clinching a playoff berth means her career will be extended for a little longer. Over the past week, San Antonio has had a certain mental edge to their game and will need to keep that level of play up if they want Hammon to ride off with a ring.
On Monday, Hughes and his coaching staff will begin preparing for Maya Moore and the defending champion Minnesota Lynx for the Western Conference Semifinals.
Knocking out the defending champions will not be easy, but with heart anything is possible.