Freeman Coliseum – The San Antonio Stars are in a new era. With a new beginning comes growing pains, but over time the team gels and clicks on both ends of the court. That time will come for the silver and black and losses are part of the process. They were dealt their latest one on Friday night.
Jia Perkins scored 16 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 74-59 to the Minnesota Lynx in front of 3,968 fans at the Freeman Coliseum.
Dearica Hamby added 10 points and four rebounds, while Kayla McBride chipped in nine for the Stars. The loss keeps San Antonio winles after five games, tying their franchise worst start. The silver and black shot 35 percent in the defeat.
“It is very frustrating, but I think that our veterans have to stay poised and just keep encouraging our young players,” Perkins said. “You know like it is going to pay up. We are going to get rewarded if we just keep playing the right way and just keep being disciplined and doing everything that we need.”
San Antonio scored just 59 points, their lowest of the season. Stars head coach Dan Hughes says as of now, its all part of the process.
“We are just talking a lot about handling adversity, and we are talking a lot also about being concerned with the process,” Hughes said. “By process I mean the things like how we play. I would love to see a game where things came easy, but if we are concerned about playing with each other in the right way and we are competing on the glass and we are moving the basketball, process will eventually play out.”
Minnesota was led by Seimone Augustus’ 18 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Maya Moore scored 14 points, while Asjha Jones and Rebekkah Brunson added 12 each for the Lynx (5-1), who remain tied with Tulsa for the top spot in the Western Conference.
“I think we did a great job today. We understand San Antonio,” Augustus said. “We have played them numerous times, so the players were really familiar with them. We wanted to try to run them off the line. They are a great 3 point shooting team so we wanted to try to make it difficult for them.”
San Antonio hopes the progress can come together as it will be a quick turnaround for their first back-to-back of the season.
The Stars are now 0-5 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow night when they welcome Elena Delle Donne and the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. at Freeman Coliseum.