Kayla McBride led San Antonio in scoring for the fifth game this season, but the Stars fell to the Seattle Storm 85-76 at the AT&T Center Tuesday.
McBride, who scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, scored in a variety of ways. She capitalized on catch-and-shoot opportunities and created her own shot off the dribble.
The fourth-year guard from Notre Dame made three three-point plays, two from behind the arc and one the old fashioned way when she was fouled on a transition jumper, but it wasn’t enough.
“I think we’re getting better at things,” McBride said. “I know we haven’t started the season well, but there’s going to be a time where we click. It may be in practice or it may be in one of these games, but I think we’re going to click and things are going to fall into place and that’s what we’re working for.”
McBride made her first three shots and San Antonio outshot the Storm (5-2) in the first five minutes. Seattle, however, closed the quarter on a 10-2 run with the only Stars points coming on an acrobatic layup by Moriah Jefferson.
The Stars (0-8) kept it competitive for most of the contest and trailed by eight midway through the third quarter, but the Storm went on a 12-4 run to end the third, capped off by a Jewell Loyd layup with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.
“A lot of times we’re having three or four missed shots or two turnovers in a row,” said Jefferson, who scored her 500th point in the loss. “If we cut some of those mental mistakes and stay locked in for the full 40 minutes I think we’ll be okay.”
Seattle forward Breanna Stewart, who was teammates with Jefferson at Connecticut from 2012-2016, led all scorers with 22 points, and Sue Bird added 10 points and nine assists.
Every Stars player that entered the game scored, and they managed to outscore Seattle 27-19 in the final period.
“Seattle has a good team,” Stars head coach Vickie Johnson said. “There are a lot of positive things that come from this. We just have to learn how to close.”
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