For the second night in a row, the Stars played a tight game that was not decided until the final seconds.
And for the second night in a row, the Stars came out on top with a thrilling 87-80 overtime victory over the Seattle Storm Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
“Huge win — it shows our growth,” San Antonio head coach Vickie Johnson said after the game. “Everybody stepped up. For us as a whole, we don’t know how good we can be and it’s scary.”
A day after dishing out a season-high 12 assists, Kelsey Plum led the way in scoring with 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range. She recorded four assists as well, but it was her scoring that did the most damage Saturday.
With the Stars trailing 78-76 in overtime, Plum tied the game with a floater in the lane, and then drilled a three on the following possession to give her team a lead it would not relinquish.
“I don’t think it’s unrealistic to expect this as the norm moving forward,” Plum said. “I know it takes time — especially for rookies coming into this league — to find your rhythm, but hopefully moving forward this is what the fans can expect.”
Dearica Hamby came off the bench and provided the Stars with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Alex Montgomery recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a team-high five assists.
The Stars led by as many as 18 in the second half and, even as Seattle came storming back, it appeared as though they would win the game in regulation until Jewell Loyd made an acrobatic three-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game and send it into overtime.
San Antonio was not deterred, though, as the Stars proceeded to outscore the Storm 15-8 in overtime to secure its third-straight victory.
“I’m just really proud of our resiliency,” said Kayla McBride, who scored 17 points. “We just kept making plays.”
Breanna Stewart led the Storm with a game-high 32 points and eight rebounds, while Loyd scored 16 points and notched seven assists.
The Stars travel to Chicago on Thursday, August 10, to take on the Sky. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Allstate Arena.
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