Rookie Kelsey Plum scored a career-high 11 points, but the Stars still fell to the visiting Connecticut Sun 89-56 Wednesday at the AT&T Center.
“That’s the worst we’ve ever played,” head coach Vickie Johnson said after the game. “We didn’t execute to get open and I thought that they just dominated us. They played harder and better than we did.”
Four days removed from their first win of the season last Friday against the Sky, the Stars (1-15) struggled offensively against an aggressive Connecticut defense.
“I think we really put it on ourselves with the way we turned the ball over, didn’t execute, and just played really sloppy,” Plum said. “Obviously they had something to do with it, but I think a lot of it was unforced.”
Plum, the No. 1 pick in the last WNBA Draft, was one of three Stars to reach double-figures in scoring. Kayla McBride led the team with 12 points while Plum and Sydney Colson chipped in 11 apiece.
Colson reached her season high in scoring while playing nearly 19 minutes in place of starting point guard Moriah Jefferson, who missed the entire second half with a head contusion. The third-year guard from Texas A&M shot 5-of-11 from the field and dished out three assists.
Nia Coffey came off the bench for the Stars and grabbed a career-high six rebounds.
“Sometimes things don’t go your way, and it was one of those times tonight,” McBride said. “We just couldn’t get it going.”
The Sun (9-7) had six players score at least eight points in the contest, with Courtney Williams leading the way with 17. Alyssa Thomas filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Jasmine Thomas notched 10 points and eight assists.
The Stars return to the AT&T Center Friday when the Phoenix Mercury come to town for “Hoops for Troops” night. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“The beauty of our league is that we have a whole other game on Friday,” McBride said, “and that’s what we’re going to prepare for.”