The San Antonio Stars have struggled at home this season, but are making up for it by winning on the road.
Becky Hammon scored 18 points as she led the Stars to the 74-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun in front of 4,873 fans inside Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday night.
Danielle Robinson added 17 points and Kayla McBride chipped in 15 for San Antonio, who won their fifth straight game on the road to improve to 6-3 away from the AT&T Center.
”There is no secret,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. ”We have had a couple of good defensive games in a row and that helps you win on the road, but I don’t know, if I had the secret, I would feel like I’m smart.”
Katie Douglas scored 25 points and Kelsey Bone added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Connecticut (8-9), who lost their third straight game.
The Sun trailed 55-43 with 1:07 left in the third quarter and rallied to tie the game at 61 with 2:42 to play in regulation. Jayne Appel’s layup would give the Stars the lead for good.
”We gave Appel a layup that was just inexcusable,” Connecticut head coach Anne Donovan said. ”To me, we had a nice run going and we let her walk in there and score.”
Connecticut would turn the ball over their next time down the court and McBride nailed a three-pointer to give San Antonio the 66-61 lead with 1:45 remaining.
”We are not distracted on the road at all,” Hammon said. ”We come together nicely and just execute. It’s a good sign for us. We need to do a little better at home, but we will get that figured out.”
Connecticut missed nine of 11 layups in the second quarter and 11 overall in first half, that proved costly for the second seeded Sun.
”Eleven missed layups in the first half are tough to overcome, and at the same time you overcome it, you don’t get lax on defense,” Donovan said. ”The (28) points San Antonio scored in the third quarter were a product of us thinking about missed layups and missed shots and us being completely complacent defensively.”
The Stars are now 9-8 on the season and will return to the court when they travel to Minnesota to face Maya Moore and the Lynx on Thursday night at 7 p.m. inside the Target Center.