Stars come up short against Fever at home


AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars know their season will end in a few weeks, but now the focus is to get better for next year. After Tuesday’s game, they took a step in that direction.

Moriah Jefferson had 17 points, but the Stars fell short 71-69 to the Indiana Fever in front of 5,838 fans at the AT&T Center.  Astou N’Dour added 15 points for San Antonio, who lost their fourth straight.

“Good basketball game,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said. “Matter of fact, the game probably deserved some more minutes that we didn’t get, but it was a good basketball game and we were a play or two away from winning.”

San Antonio had a chance to win late, but former Star Shenise Johnson poked the ball away as time expired.

The Fever were led by Lynetta Kizer’s 15 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. Marissa Coleman and Briann January each scored 12 for Indiana, who visited the Alamo City for the final time this season.

“San Antonio did a great job of making everything difficult for us on the offensive end, and they did a great job of attacking us on our defensive end,” Fever coach Stephanie White said. “I think it was a great team win for us to be able to grind it out and find a way to win.”

Despite the loss, the Stars know they can use this for the rest of the season as a learning tool for next year.

“We’re so young. The good thing about our team is that everybody plays really hard,” Jefferson said. “Just because we’re really young, people haven’t been here long, there’s going to be mental mistakes and there’s going to be things that we have to learn from. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Up next: The Stars are now 6-23 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the Dallas Wings to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

Stephen Anderson

Assistant editor for Stars Hoops. Stephen brings his unique writing style from Minute By Minute Sports, a sports blog he founded. He also has written for news websites and for UK reality TV shows. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@andersonstevem) for all the latest news on San Antonio sports

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