Stars collapse in final minutes in Dallas, remain winless

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The San Antonio Stars are a third of the way through the 2017 season. The team should be gelling together by now and figure out how to close games. However, San Antonio keeps shooting themselves in the foot – and did just that in Dallas.

Monique Currie scored a game-high 29 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 81-78 to the Dallas Wings in front of 4,617 fans inside College Park Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Moriah Jefferson added 16 points off the bench and Kayla McBride chipped in 11 for San Antonio, who remains winless on the season. San Antonio led the majority of the game until Dallas took an 80-78 lead with one minute remaining in regulation.

“I just felt like we didn’t finish the game,” Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. “I think we played well for 37 minutes, the last three, we got nervous as far as winning the basketball game. We played not to lose instead of playing to win. I think that really hurt us.”

Currie singlehandedly kept San Antonio in the game. Dallas started the third quarter on a 5-0 but after a San Antonio timeout, the Stars went on a 12-2 run, capped by a corner three-pointer from Currie.

The game was another in a long list of games this season where minor mistakes hurt the team. San Antonio will get a chance to redeem themselves as they host Dallas on Friday at the AT&T Center.

“Playing defense without fouling,” Johnson said of adjustments for Friday’s matchup. “We gave up 33 free throws, we can’t do that. And make sure we get help under pressure, like the trap. But at the same time, us making free throws is going to be very key, and I thought we did a pretty good job of rebounding the basketball.”

The Wings were led by Glory Johnson’s 25 points and 10 rebounds. Karima Christmas-Kelly and Skylar Diggins-Smith each added 16 for Dallas (6-8), who won their second straight game.

“I am just trying to bring a little energy,” Johnson said of her performance. “I know we start off really slow, but it is kind of everybody. We are kind of playing at other team’s levels and we know we can do better. So my teammates are kind of pushing me and getting me to do a little bit more and I am trying to accept the challenge at this point.”

Up next: The Stars are now 0-12 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the Wings to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.

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Stephen Anderson is a writer and editor for the Project Spurs Network. He joined the PS team back in 2014 as a staff writer with Project Spurs and has taken over as editor for network sites Stars Hoops, Rampage Central, and Red Black 90. Stephen graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017 with a degree in Communications Arts, specializing in Journalism and Public Relations. He is a credentialed media member for the San Antonio Stars, Rampage, and San Antonio FC.

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