Stars still experiencing growing pains in young season

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Through three games, the San Antonio Stars have suffered three close losses. Despite beginning the season 0-3, there are several aspects to be taken from each Stars’ showing.

In each of the games, the lack of offensive firepower has been a common factor. As a team, San Antonio is averaging 69.3 points per game, the lowest in the WNBA.

Kayla McBride currently averages 22 points per game, and Dearica Hamby averages 13 per game. After McBride and Hamby, there is a big drop in scoring, as no other player currently averages double figures so far this season.

Despite owning the lowest point total, the Stars are ranked third in assists per game with an average of 18.7. Moriah Jefferson averages five assists per game, the sixth best in the league. Monique Currie averages  4.7 assists, which is the seventh highest.

Defensively, Jayne Appel-Marinelli leads the WNBA in blocked shots, averaging four per game and has been asked to be a leader for this young Stars team. Appel-Marnielli has been extremely vocal in the first three games and played a part in teaching these young players on the court in-game situations.

Three-point shooting remains an issue for the Silver and Black as well. The team is only converting 29.2 percent of its attempts from behind the arc. McBride leads the team in 3-point percentage at 35.3. An additional threat on the perimeter would be beneficial for San Antonio and it would ease some of the pressure off McBride.

Although the Stars have yet to win this season, the team has shown tremendous effort and fight in every game and as a result, San Antonio was in position to win each game.

This new-look Stars team with a main objective to develop this young core for the future, which has shown potential. The future of the Stars in San Antonio is bright as Jefferson, McBride, and Hamby look to lead the charge for years to come.

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