Stars ready to begin new era in 2016

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UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 4: Alex Montgomery #6 of the San Antonio Stars is introduced before the game against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA preseason game on May 4, 2016 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT – MAY 4: Alex Montgomery #6 of the San Antonio Stars is introduced before the game against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA preseason game on May 4, 2016 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

The San Antonio Stars came off a rough 2015 season in which they finished near the bottom of the Western Conference. They ended up with the second pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft and selected Moriah Jefferson from the University of Connecticut. After the draft, the Stars announced that it would be Dan Hughes’ final season as head coach and Ruth Riley would be stepping in immediately as the Stars general manager.

San Antonio heads into this season as a young team and many of the previous Stars players will not be on the roster as they have either been waived, traded, or injured for this season. Gone are Sophia Young-Malcolm, Jia Perkins and Danielle Robinson will be out the entire season. Jayne Appel-Marinelli alongside Monique Currie (who was acquired via trade from the Phoenix Mercury) are the only two true veterans on the team.

This will be a transition year for the Stars as they look to continue to develop their young shooting guard Kayla McBride and power forward Dearica Hamby. Jefferson will have to get used to playing as a point guard in the league as well. The Stars are not a championship contender nor are they a playoff team so wins will be difficult to come by and there may be rough stretches in the season. The Stars do have a bright future, but it may be take a while to reach there.

The Stars will open the 2016 season tomorrow night against the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.

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