AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars knew losing Kayla McBride meant new roles for members of the team. It also meant ‘streaky’ play is something the team will have to work out as the season goes on.
Moriah Jefferson scored 16 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 78-68 to the Seattle Storm in front of 8,955 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
Haley Peters added 15 points off the bench, while Dearica Hamby and Monique Currie each chipped in 10 for San Antonio, who scored just 14 points in the final quarter.
“For us we were just too streaky,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said. “We had some pockets where we did somethings, we had pockets where we struggled. Points in the paint were a big one for us. For them to outscore us by 10 in there was a big story for me. I just don’t think defensively we were quite at the level we have been.”
San Antonio only went to the free throw line nine times for the game, compared to Seattle’s 13.
“They were congested, they had a lot of people in the lane and I think we weren’t looking as much into the paint, but it’s something we have to be persistent at even if teams are trying to take it away,” Peters said.
The Storm were led by rookie Breanna Stewart’s 21 points. Jewell Loyd added 15 points for Seattle (7-12), who snapped their losing streak with the victory.
She’s got a very, very passionate fire burning within her, and it doesn’t express itself as it might in some other players externally, but she is as competitive as anybody I’ve ever coached,” Seattle coach Jenny Boucek said of Stewart. “She can do a little bit of everything. She just wants to win, and she’s not in any way self-centered in that way where it has to be scoring or it has to be numbers or this and that.”
Up next: The Stars are now 5-14 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday when they travel to New York to face the Liberty at 2 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.