Stars dazzled by Mystics, win streak snapped
AT&T Center — The Washington Mystics had lost four straight games and were determined to end their losing ways one way or another.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 16 points and Ivory Latta added 14 points as the Mystics defeated the San Antonio Stars 81-70 in front of 10,973 fans at the AT&T Center on Tuesday afternoon.
”We’re pretty desperate,” Washington head coach Mike Thibault said. ”We lost four in a row, we had played well for most of those games, but just didn’t finish. So, today, we finally finished one.”
Both Emma Meesseman and rookie Stefanie Dolson finished with 10 points for Washington (6-9), as they snapped San Antonio’s three-game winning streak.
Kayla McBride led the Stars with with 17 points, Danielle Robinson added 16 and Danielle Adams chipped in 12 for San Antonio, who are one game ahead of Tulsa for the third seed in the Western Conference.
”We didn’t make shots, especially from 3,” San Antonio head coach Dan Hughes said. ”It has been a part of what we do. We had a hard time. I don’t know if it was that we didn’t get shots. I just don’t think that we converted the shots we got.”
Sophia Young-Malcolm finished with 11 points, including three three-point plays in the third quarter.
”We know that we can play better than we did today,” Young-Malcolm said. ”Our shots weren’t really falling.”
The Stars shot 39 percent from the field as they struggled for most of the game despite having open shots. Robinson scored eight of San Antonio’s first ten points and was the only Stars player to score in the opening five minutes.
“We just didn’t make shots,” San Antonio guard Jia Perkins said. It’s a combination of both our defense and offense, we can’t allow them to shoot 50 percent every game. We’ll figure it out.”
Washington went on an 11-2 run in the first half and went to the free throw line three times. This angered Hughes, who shouted ”they’re flopping.”
The Stars are now 7-7 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday when they welcome Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.
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