Stars v. Chicago Sky, 6/10 Game Recap

SAN ANTONIO (JUNE 10, 2017) – Dearica Hamby forced overtime with a layup off a spectacular inbounds pass from Alex Montgomery, but Chicago was able to defeat the Stars 85-81 in a thriller at the AT&T Center.

Trailing 71-69 with 30 seconds left in regulation, Stars head coach Vickie Johnson called for Hamby to set a screen and release while Moriah Jefferson and Kayla McBride went in different directions. It left Hamby open for an inbounds pass from Montgomery five feet from the basket for an easy lay-in to force overtime.

Jefferson had two steals and a layup in overtime, including a steal and finish to cut the score to 83-81 with 22.8 seconds left. But Chicago emerged victorious as Allie Quigley scored nine points in the extra frame to lead the Sky to a road win.

“We did a lot of great things. I thought when the game got close, we didn’t do a great job of taking care of the ball,” said Johnson. “The most important thing for us is trying to close. When the game is tied, that’s when your mental focus has to go to another level.”

Jefferson led the Stars with 18 points, five steals and four assists, while Hamby added 17 points, four steals and four assists.

Stefanie Dolson finished with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds for the Sky, and Tamera Young added 21. Quigley scored 9 of her 16 points in overtime, hitting two 3-pointers and a finger roll after regulation.

Hamby posted her highest-scoring game since July 6, 2016 on 8 of 14 shooting. Kayla McBride added 15 and Kayla Alexander scored 12 for the Stars.

On the Stars’ annual Hoops and Hounds night, 75 dogs attended the game to support their two-legged friends and nine dogs were adopted through the Animal Defense League.

The Stars hope to turn their fortunes as they head on a three-game road trip beginning in Los Angeles on

Thursday as they face the Spark. The Stars then play Seattle on June 18 and Dallas on June 21.

They return home on June 23 to play the Dallas Wings at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

– Lorne Chan, SAStars.com