The San Antonio Stars finally had a full roster for the first time since opening the season June 5. However, the road woes continued as another poor third quarter would keep the silver and black winless on the road.
Kayla McBride scored 19 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 72-63 to the Seattle Storm in front of 5,467 fans inside KeyArena on Sunday night.
Jayne Appel added 12 points, while both Danielle Robinson and Jia Perkins each chipped in 11 for San Antonio, who remains winless on the road at 0-13.
Robinson made two free throws to give the Stars a 59-58 lead, but San Antonio finished the game shooting 2-of-7 as the Storm closed on a 15-4 run.
“I thought Seattle played a good third quarter,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “We responded and got back into down the stretch. I thought Sue’s (Bird) three point shot – it honestly was not indicative – the score is 63-61 at that point and she is the one person we didn’t want open.”
Rookie Jewell Loyd led the Storm with 18 points and Ramu Tokashiki added 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds for Seattle (7-19), who remain just two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Sue Bird finished with 13 points, including her lone three-pointer that gave the Storm a five point lead with 28.2 seconds remaining in the game.
“It was a team effort,” Loyd said. “We won this one and we’re lucky to have a group of veterans that have been in this situation before to help and motivate us.”
San Antonio has lost six of their last seven games overall and are now 1 1/2 games behind Los Angeles for the final playoff spot.
The Stars are now 7-18 on the season and will return home to welcome Tina Charles and the New York Liberty to Freeman Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.