It has been a reoccurring theme during the San Antonio Stars’ season, put together a solid first half only to be outscored by the opponent in the third quarter. The poor third quarter trend continued on Thursday afternoon against the Tulsa Shock.
Courtney Paris scored a career-high 22 points as the Shock defeated the Stars 95-90 in front of 6,165 fans inside the BOK Center.
San Antonio led 45-38 at halftime, but Tulsa outscored San Antonio 25-8 in the third quarter and made late free throws to seal the victory, their first against the Stars this season.
Skylar Diggins added 19 points, while Odyssey Sims and Glory Johnson each chipped in 15 for the Shock (8-15), who snapped their five-game losing streak.
”I didn’t care if we had a game the day before, we needed to get out there and play hard,” said Tulsa head coach Fred Williams. ”Our rotation was good. They shot some 3’s and we were able to get some run-outs. We know we have to tighten up our defense in the second half of the season.”
Danielle Adams finished with 17 points for the Stars, who lost their third straight game. Sophia Young-Malcolm added 16 points, while rookie Kayla McBride chipped in 15.
The Stars fell despite shooting 52 percent (11-of-21) from 3-point range and having six players in double-figures. The difference in the game was in free throws and points in the paint. Tulsa outscored San Antonio 52-36 in the paint and converted 32-of-39 free throws, while San Antonio finished the game 13-of-17 in free throws.
The loss puts San Antonio just percentage points ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (10-11) for third place in the Western Conference standings.
Danielle Robinson, who finished with 15 points Thursday will travel to Phoenix to participate in the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars are now 11-12 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday when they welcome the Tulsa Shock to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.
(Quotes via WNBA.com/AP)