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Training camp diary: McBride ready for what comes in WNBA career

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After leading the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the Final Four in all four of her seasons, including three trips to the national title game, Kayla McBride is ready for her new journey. Despite being a rookie, the San Antonio Stars third overall WNBA draft pick said she is excited for what is coming and sees similarities between the Stars and Notre Dame.

“They [the Stars] play a lot of team ball,” McBride said after training camp on Tuesday.

Stars Hoops' Stephen Anderson interviewing Kayla McBride (Photos by Rebbeca George)
Stars Hoops’ Stephen Anderson interviewing Kayla McBride (Photos by Rebbeca George)

The 5-11 guard brings ball handling skills, a scoring threat, and rebounding – something the Stars have lacked in recent years to the Alamo City. McBride is the franchise’s highest draft pick since 2007 when the team drafted Jessica Davenport with the No. 2 pick, who would later be traded for Becky Hammon.


“Kayla is a someone that can bring so much to our team this season,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes told me after practice. “She is a premier shooter, she has a strong mid-range game and can give us a lot from an offensive perspective.”

The Stars run some of the similar plays that Notre Dame runs, so making the transition from college to the pros won’t be much of a problem for McBride in that area.

McBride averaged 17.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in the 2014 season and led Notre Dame to its fourth straight Final Four and third national championship game. But the guard says she will have to adapt to certain aspects of the WNBA.

“The speed and pace is much faster,” McBride says. “That is something I think I will have to get used to.”

McBride will get that chance when the Stars open the preseason this afternoon against the Tulsa Shock at the BOK Center at 11:30 a.m.

Look for coverage of the preseason tipoff later today on Stars Hoops.

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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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