SAN ANTONIO (JULY 28, 2017) – Kayla McBride scored 20 points and three other Stars scored in double-figures, but San Antonio fell to the visiting Los Angeles Sparks 85-73 Friday night at the AT&T Center.
“I thought we played well,” Stars head coach Vickie Johnson said after the game. “I thought that we played more consistent basketball for 40 minutes. I thought that we fought every possession, which is key.”
McBride led the way in the scoring department, but Alex Montgomery had a nice game with a season-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, Isabelle Harrison scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Kelsey Plum came off the bench to score 10 points and notched five assists.
Candace Parker became the sixth player in WNBA history to record a triple-double. The Tennessee product scored 11 points with 17 rebounds and 11 assists en route to accomplishing the historic feat.
“She’s one of the best,” Harrison said of Parker. “She knows her game really well and she sticks to it.”
The Sparks led for most of the game, but the Stars clawed back in the second half. A Harrison layup put the Stars within five with 4:05 left in the fourth quarter, but a late run by Los Angeles put the game out of reach.
“I was really proud of how our team fought,” McBride said. “That’s a championship team, so for us to play that way I was really proud.”
Jantel Lavender scored 18 points off the bench while two of their other starters scored double-digits as well.
San Antonio outrebounded the Sparks, holding them to only three offensive boards in the process, which marks a season low for a Stars opponent in 2017.
The Stars travel to Phoenix for a road contest with the Mercury on Sunday, July 30. Opening tip is scheduled for 5 p.m.
“We have 11 games left and we’re trying to continue to get better,” McBride said. “And now we head to Phoenix.”
– Heath Clary, SAStars.com
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