AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars know the Minnesota Lynx are a tough team, they have not beaten them since 2010. For a rebuilding San Antonio squad, a visit from the defending champions was not something they wanted in their final home game for a month.
Moriah Jefferson scored 14 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 81-57 to the Lynx in front of 11,171 fans at the AT&T Center on Tuesday morning.
Monique Currie was the only other San Antonio player in double figures with 10 points. Alex Montgomery had eight points and Dearica Hamby was scoreless for the Stars, who shot just 37 percent for the game.
“I thought we were competitive one quarter,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said. “You look at the two aspects that we just didn’t deal with well and one was their offensive rebounding and second chance points, they had 26 we had 1. We turned it over 15 times but we had to counter for 30 points. Those two things against a good team are just too much separation for what they’re doing.”
San Antonio was outscored in every quarter, including 22-14 in the third quarter. Minnesota went on a 10-2 run to open the quarter and take a 22 point lead.
“They’re just a really good team,” said Jefferson after the game. “They don’t have many weak spots and if you have a couple plays where you don’t score then it’s really hard to stop them.”
The Lynx were led by Maya Moore’s 24 points. Lindsay Whalen added 22 and Rebekah Brunson added 10 for Minnesota (17-4), who continued their success against the Silver and Black.
“It was about a 8 to 10 point lead at half and then we pushed to about 20, so we did about the same in each half,” Moore said. “Our offense in the second quarter wasn’t as sharp as it needed to be.”
Due to the Olympic break, the Stars will not be back playing at home until August 26.
Up next: The Stars are now 5-16 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday when they face the Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. inside Talking Stick Resort Arena.