Freeman Coliseum – The San Antonio Stars began the second half of the season and picked up right where they left off. They used their grit and grind to cruise to their sixth consecutive home win and look to be a threat to the final playoff spot in the West.
Kayla McBride had 25 points as she led the Stars to a 102-85 win over the Atlanta Dream in front of 3,685 fans at Freeman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Danielle Robinson finished with 10 points and 12 assists and Jayne Appel had a career-high 15 points for San Antonio, who moved a full game ahead of Seattle for the fourth and final playoff berth.
“I think we are just starting to work with each other more, and Jayne (Appel) has started to get back, and things like that,” McBride said. “I think we are really coming together every day. We have been through a lot with injuries and things like that, so yeah it is good to see us coming together now.”
San Antonio began the second half on a 12-0 run and outscored Atlanta 32-15 in the third quarter to blow the game open. The Stars took an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter.
“I thought that we really came out and had a good third quarter,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “And it was one of those days that we really shot the ball well. We have been adding pieces back, so our capability of shooting the ball is enhanced right now. Good team victory. I thought there were several pieces that really helped us throughout our lineup.”
The Dream were led by Angel McCoughtry’s 14 points. Reshanda Gray and Matee Ajavon each added 13 for Atlanta (7-11), who split the season series with San Antonio.
“I thought it was a very poorly played game by us,” Dream head coach Michael Cooper said. “Our game plan was on point, but when you’re playing against a team like this that really doesn’t have anything to play for, but for pride and to see who’s going to make the roster next year, are the deadliest teams to play.”
San Antonio was without Danielle Adams, who was suspended three games for an unspecified violation of the league’s anti-drug policy.
The Stars are now 6-12 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the Washington Mystics to the Freeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.