Stars find inspiration in win over Mystics
AT&T Center – With Kayla McBride on the sidelines in a boot and crutch, the San Antonio Stars could have packed it in for the season. But they didn’t. Instead, they were inspired to capture another home win.
Monique Currie scored a season-high 20 points as she helped lead the Stars to a 77-70 win over the Washington Mystics in front of 3,471 fans at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night.
Dearica Hamby tied her season-high with 18 points. Moriah Jefferson chipped in 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting for San Antonio, who has won three of their last five games.
“We definitely didn’t want to lose another close game,” Currie said. “There were games earlier in the season and there were times earlier in the season where if we were that same team, we would have lost the game tonight. It shows our growth; it shows that we’ve figured out ways to not make so many mistakes down the stretch.”
San Antonio kept the game close all night long, but in the final five minutes took their biggest lead of seven. Washington would never get close after that.
The victory came just hours after the Stars finding out their franchise player is out for the remainder of the season. McBride suffered a fractured right foot in Saturday’s loss in Minnesota, she averaged 17.1 points per game.
“I think all our hearts go out to Kayla and not being able to play because she’s having a marvelous year,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said. “I think it’s kind of business as usual. I think we’ve been playing it this way. We’ve been in games. We’ve been very competitive and lately we’ve been winning the close games.”
Washington (9-10) was led by Tayler Hill’s 14 points. Kia Vaughn, Emma Meesseman, and Natasha Cloud all added ten points for the Mystics, who shot 36 percent in the loss.
“We just got outplayed start to finish,” Washington coach Mike Thibault said. “I thought particularly Jefferson, Hamby and Mo Currie had terrific offensive nights. Jane did her usual really good job on the boards, and their other players dug in and defended us.”
Up next: The Stars are now 5-12 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm to the AT&T Center at 8 p.m.