Stars suffer worst loss of season at hands of Connecticut

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AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars could not ride the momentum of their first win and instead suffered their worst loss of the season, 89-56 to the Connecticut Sun in front of 3,210 fans at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night.

Kayla McBride led the Stars with 12 points and Kelsey Plum added a career-high 11 points for San Antonio, who shot 35 percent for the game. San Antonio scored the first basket of the game and led 2-0, their only lead of the night.

Connecticut lead by as many as 33 points and used a 23-12 third quarter to pull away for good. Just five days after winning their first game of the season, Coach Vickie Johnson was more than surprised at her teams lack of effort.

“This is just the worst we ever played,” she said after the game. “I thought that our effort on both sides of the ball was horrible as a whole. I thought we didn’t execute to get open. They just dominated us, they played harder and better.”

Stars guard Moriah Jefferson was injured in the first half after teammate Alex Montgomery elbowed her in the head, she did not return in the second half. Her status for Friday’s game against Phoenix is currently unknown.

Plum came in and filled her slot. She had three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes to go along with her 11 points.

“I do feel more comfortable out there,” she said. “Shots are not falling the way I want them to, but I do feel like I’m getting to the spots I need to get to, and things like that. I have faith in myself, so I know it will come.”

The Sun were led by Courtney Williams’ 17 points. Former Stars forward Alyssa Thomas added 13 for Connecticut (9-7), who won their third straight.

Connecticut’s defense held San Antonio to a season-low 56 points and a poor 31 percent shooting in the first half.

Our defense set the tone and got that lead in the teen-range at halftime, and then a good quarter put that game out of reach,” Connecticut coach Curt Miller said. “Proud of the maturity and the focus, in the energy that we came in with, but our defense clearly set the tone.”

Up next: The Stars are now 1-15 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the Phoenix Mercury 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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