Prior to the season, San Antonio Stars coach Dan Hughes crossed his fingers that his team could stay healthy. That luck ran out in a city where the Silver and Black have been unlucky for six years and now their franchise player’s health hangs in the balance.
The Stars lost Kayla McBride to a lower body injury as they suffered a 91-68 loss to the Minnesota Lynx in front of 7,534 fans inside the Target Center on Saturday night.
San Antonio was led by Kayla Alexander’s 11 points and five rebounds. Moriah Jefferson added ten points for the Stars, who played the second night of a back-to-back.
The Silver and Black were outscored 28-16 in the second quarter and shot a season-low 33 percent (25-for-75) for the game.
“Obviously our legs weren’t under us,” Jefferson said. “This is pretty much the best team in the league and you can’t come out how we did – really slow.”
The Stars lost McBride when she her knee buckled from under her while defending Maya Moore in the third quarter. She went to the floor, slamming the court in pain. With a towel hiding her face, she was carried off court, putting no weight on her right leg.
No update on McBride was given at the time this article was written.
Minnesota (13-3) was led by Natasha Howard’s 21 points. Former Star Jia Perkins chipped in 14 points against her old team for the Lynx, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
“I have a role on my team and I’m sticking to my role,” Howard said. “I’m just doing what my teammates need me to do and go out there a get a win.”
Up next: The Stars are now 4-13 on the season and will return to the court on Wednesday when they welcome the Washington Mystics to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.