AT&T Center – Isabelle Harrison said the San Antonio Stars can’t use their youth as an excuse for losing. However, it remains a fact that they continue to find ways to lose games. That was the case on Friday as they once again blew a lead in the final quarter.
Kayla McBride had 20 points, but it was not enough as they fell 81-69 to the Dallas Wings before 7,086 fans at the AT&T Center, extending San Antonio’s worst start in franchise history.
Harrison added 12 points and six rebounds and Monique Currie added 11 for San Antonio, whose losing streak hit 13 games. Kelsey Plum got the start and finished with four points and five assists in 16 minutes.
San Antonio held a four point lead with just over six minutes remaining in the game, but 19 turnovers and poor defensively play was their undoing. Dallas did not allow San Antonio to get anything going inside and constantly set double teams to Plum.
“I thought we started slow,” Stars coach Vickie Johnson said. “I thought that in the course of the first quarter leading into the second and third, they were aggressive and played together as a team.”
The fourth quarter problems continued for the Stars, who were outscored 23-14 in the final ten minutes and 71-48 in three meeting with Dallas this season.
“That was a game we let get away from us,” McBride said. “We still have to learn how to take things that we learned in past games and move them into these games. It’s just coming down to these fourth quarters. It’s about being mentally tough at this point; we’re just not there right now.”
The loss was the 14th straight for San Antonio dating back to last season. The WNBA record for consecutive losses is 20, set by the Tulsa Shock in 2011. The worst start in league history was the 2008 Atlanta Dream who began the season 0-17.
The Wings were led by Skylar Diggins-Smith’s 30 points. Theresa Plaisance added 19 and Kayla Thornton added 10 for Dallas (7-8), who won their third straight.
“I was a little hot tonight; found my three-point shot,” Diggins-Smith said. “I came off some screens and teammates found me. Rebounds and transitions; they were just falling. I thought it was a good performance by the bench. We shared the ball, moved the ball and attacked a little more in the second half. We were able to sustain their runs and make our own”
Up next: The Stars are now 0-13 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday when they travel to Minnesota to face the Lynx at 6 p.m.