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Stars’ struggles continue in loss to Storm

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AT&T Center — It was a new day and another game for the San Antonio Stars, but the same old story. Once again the team struggled on both ends of the court only to have a fourth quarter rally fall short.

Tanisha Wright scored 15 points and the Seattle Storm never trailed as they hung on to defeat the Stars 79-72 in front of 5,012 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.

Camille Little scored 13 points, Temeka Johnson added 11 and Shekinna Stricklen and Crystal Langhorne each finished with ten points for Seattle (5-7).


The Storm started the season 0-3, since then they are 5-4. Seattle led by as many as 22 points, but an 11-0 run by San Antonio to start the fourth quarter cut their lead to 65-59 with five minutes remaining.

”The same thing we started doing tonight we did Wednesday,” Seattle head coach Brian Agler said. ”We put them on the free-throw line late in the game. We couldn’t keep Indiana off the free-throw line and the same thing was starting to happen here in the fourth quarter. So, I was very concerned about it.”

The Stars shot 36 percent through three quarters, but were 6 percent in the fourth. San Antonio would outscore the Storm 28-16 in the final quarter, but could not complete the rally after digging such a large hole.

”That’s on me,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. ”Their coach should have them better prepared for that first half that we saw. Second half we started to escalate to what we wanted to do. I just did a lousy job getting them ready for this basketball game.”

Danielle Adams had a team-high 18 points Danielle Robinson added 14 and Sophia Young-Malcolm chipped in 12 for San Antonio, who have lost four of their last five games.

San Antonio shot just 3-of-18 from 3-point range as they lost their third consecutive home game.

”Our offense comes from our defense,” Robinson said. ”I think that is where we are struggling. We can miss shots all day, but if they are making shots, it’s not helping us because we are not defending or scoring. If we need to do one or the other, we need to defend.”

The Stars are now 4-6 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow (Saturday) night when they welcome Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks 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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