Stars down Shock to stay hot at home

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Sophia Young-Malcolm scored 18 points as the San Antonio Stars defeated the Tulsa Shock 65-58 on Friday night. (Photo by D. Clarke/NBAE)
Sophia Young-Malcolm scored 18 points as the San Antonio Stars defeated the Tulsa Shock 65-58 on Friday night. (Photo by D. Clarke/NBAE)

Freeman Coliseum – The San Antonio Stars have not had much success on the road, but that has not been the case at home. The silver and black won three consecutive home games coming into Friday’s game against the Tulsa Shock, where the success continued.

Danielle Robinson scored 16 points as she led the Stars to a 65-58 win over the Shock in front of 9,080 fans at the Freeman Coliseum on Friday night. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.

Sophia Young-Malcolm added 18 points and Danielle Adams chipped in 10 off the bench for San Antonio, who won their fourth straight home game. The Stars were without Kayla McBride (foot), Jia Perkins (calf) and Alex Montgomery (knee) for the fifth straight game.

“I thought we just made a lot of second effort plays today on top of playing in the fourth quarter with some energy,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “We rebounded the ball well tonight. We just did a good job of defensively creating a climate. We didn’t foul a lot, and we didn’t unnecessarily give them uncontested shots. It gave us an opportunity.”

San Antonio out-rebounded Tulsa 44-39 and held the Shock to their lowest scoring total of the season. Their previous low was 55 points.

“Even with Skylar (Diggins) out, they’re a great team,” Robinson said. “They play hard. They are scoring a lot of points, and they have people stepping up as well. The two games before that we played them, we didn’t play particularly well especially at their place.”

The Shock were led by Odyssey Sims’ 14 points. Riquna Williams added 10 points for Tulsa (10-6), who shot 30 percent for the game – a new season low.

“It was a good game,” Tulsa head coach Fred Williams said. “San Antonio won and we didn’t. The fact is that San Antonio made the shots that they needed to make. They played hard, and they finished out the game well.”

The game was close all night long until a turning point in the third quarter. Fred Williams argued with officials and was ejected after two technical foul calls. In the fourth quarter, San Antonio would outscore Tulsa 19-10 to pull away and seal the win.

“It is just about getting a rhythm,” Young-Malcolm said. “I feel like our team is building a lot of chemistry at this moment. We are communicating a lot and having a little bit more fun than we did at the start of the season.”

The Stars are now 4-11 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday when they welcome Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever to the Freeman Coliseum at 11:30 a.m. for a Camp Day game.

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