Following a 73-64 loss to the New York Liberty Saturday afternoon, the San Antonio Stars are now 0-1 on their season as they head to Washington D.C. to face the Mystics tomorrow at 2pm.
This Stars team definitely has potential with the additions of Kelsey Plum and Nia Coffey, not to mention first-year head coach Vickie Johnson. However, Plum is currently out with an ankle injury and will not play for San Antonio against the Mystics. In her absence who will step up and provide big numbers for the Stars? Three things to watch in this game will be Nia Coffey, Vickie Johnson’s coaching style, and who will step up for the Stars without Plum.
- Nia Coffey
The 2017 5th overall draft pick, Nia Coffey, has been somewhat overshadowed by her record-breaking teammate. Coffey is the highest selection for a player out of Northwestern. Coffey played 16 minutes in Saturday’s game shooting 1-for-5 from the field for a total of three points. However, in the preseason opener, she knocked down 6 of 10 for 17 points in 20 minutes, proving she’s someone to watch this season.
During Sunday’s game, Coffey’s impact will no doubt be a topic of interest. How will she impact the Stars play? Will she be a top scorer as she was in the preseason game against the Dallas Wings? Only time will tell.
- Coach Vickie Johnson
Coach Vickie Johnson is starting her first year as a full-time head coach. The former Stars player who was an assistant coach to the team for 5 years, has high hopes for the season. The players seem to look up to her, but how will they respond to her coaching? Will this new style of play affect the way the Stars currently play?
The Stars currently have only one preseason win, a preseason loss, and a regular season loss. In these first few games, watch coach Johnson as she determines the best roles for each player.
- Who will step up?
The Stars currently have multiple players who were selected early in the draft. Moriah Jefferson, Dearica Hamby, Kayla McBride, as well as Nia Coffey and Kelsey Plum were all selected within the first 6 picks of their respective drafts. This year, the Stars were lucky enough to obtain the first overall pick with which they selected NCAA record-scorer, Kelsey Plum.
With a successful college basketball career, Plum now enters the WNBA as one of the most recognized players. Hopefully Plum will give the Stars with some of her scoring expertise to put toward wins. In the meantime, who else on the roster will show up? Despite the loss Saturday, Monique Currie scored 23 points in 32 minutes on 8-for-13 shooting. Will the veteran continue her own scoring streak heading into Washington?
Overall, the Stars have quite a season ahead of them. Watch for the effectiveness of Nia Coffey, the coaching contributions from Vickie Johnson, and the help from supporting players as McBride, Jefferson, and Plum all remain out.