Stars edge Shock in thriller to snap skid
AT&T Center— A determined Danielle Robinson would not let her team lose, not this time. Not again.
Robinson scored 21 points, including a game-winning layup with 3.0 seconds remaining as the San Antonio Stars defeated the Tulsa Shock 95-93 in front of 6,041 fans inside the AT&T Center on Tuesday night.
“I think these are how the games are going to be after this All-Star break,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said of the nail-biting win. “When you get down to ten games in the season every game will have a playoff type feel to it.”
Kayla McBride posted a team-high 26 points and Danielle Adams added 15 for San Antonio, who snapped their three-game losing streak with the victory.
“When people are in the zone, they are in the zone,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t anything scheme wise, just hoping they would miss some. They were hitting a lot of shots, a lot of tough shots over close players between two or three people. With those kinds of plays, they are just tough shots. You’ve just got to tip your hat.”
Both teams began the game with poor shooting. With 2:23 to play in the first quarter Tulsa owned a 13-6 lead, despite shooting 30 percent. Hughes would call a timeout as his team struggled out of the gate, shooting just 25 percent for most of the opening quarter.
Kayla Alexander provided a spark off the bench as she helped San Antonio outscore the Shock 25-12 in the second quarter to take a three point lead into the locker room at halftime.
“Sometimes it takes a little juice,” Stars guard Becky Hammon said. “I thought we were a little flat actually at the beginning. We had to get our motors running there a little bit sometimes. Getting into some people, even if it’s the refs, helps.”
Despite career nights from two Shock players, it was not enough to outshine the Stars. Rookie Odyssey Sims finished with a game-high 39 points, while Skylar Diggins added 34 for Tulsa (8-16), who have lost six of their last seven games.
The victory decreased San Antonio’s ‘magic number’ to clinch a playoff berth to seven games and keeps them a full game ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (10-12) for third place in the Western Conference.
The Stars are now 12-12 on the season and will return to the court when they travel to Minnesota to take on Maya Moore and the Lynx on Friday night at 7 p.m. inside the Target Center.