The San Antonio Stars saw some very good positives when they earned their first win of the season last Saturday. The team tried to build on that, but key mistakes would send them back to the losing side.
Kayla McBride scored 20 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 68-61 to the Los Angeles Sparks in front of 8,341 fans inside the Staples Center on Thursday night.
San Antonio got a career night from Kayla Alexander, who scored a career-high 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. No other Stars player was in double figures.
The Silver and Black had several chances to tie or take the lead late in the game, but turnovers and missed opportunities plagued the Stars.
Los Angeles was led by Nneka Ogwumike’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kristi Toliver added 11 points and Candace Parker chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and seven assists. The Sparks (6-0) are off to their best start in nearly six years.
San Antonio never led in the game, but tied the score with a basket by Sydney Colson. The Stars would never tie the game again as Los Angeles went on a 9-0 run to take control.
Up next: The Stars are now 1-4 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday when they return home to face the Sparks to complete their home-and-home series at the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.