San Antonio made two defensive stands in the closing seconds to beat the Washington Mystics 76-74 Friday night at the AT&T Center.
Friday’s win marks a two-game winning streak for the Stars, the first time since 2015 they have won two games in a row.
“I really thought that everyone stepped up and played team basketball,” San Antonio head coach Vickie Johnson said after the game. “We work very hard, so it’s very rewarding to see it pay off in the game.”
Isabelle Harrison notched her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for San Antonio, which improved to 5-21 on the year. Kayla Alexander, who started for the second consecutive game, scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Kelsey Plum scored 9 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists. Her assist total is the most a Stars player has recorded in a game this season.
Plum’s biggest assist of the night came with 50 seconds left in the fourth, as she drove through the lane and found Alexander in the middle of the key for a critical two-point basket that put the Stars up 75-74.
“Tonight my shot wasn’t falling, so it was just whatever I could do to make our team win,” Plum said. “People were making shots, so I was just trying to get Izzy and Kayla the ball.”
From then on, the Stars made defensive stop after defensive stop and refused to let Washington score again. Dearica Hamby corralled a hard-fought rebound with 8.6 seconds left and, after making 1-of-2 free throws, Harrison recorded a rebound of her own off an Emma Meesseman missed floater to seal the victory.
“We just really focused in,” Harrison said. “Every timeout we had — and even every huddle we had on the court — we made sure that we listened to each other and communicated what we needed to do. They were going to make sure their key players had the ball in their hands, so we had to be aware of that and just play complete team defense.”
Kristi Toliver led the Mystics (14-10) with 18 points and 6 assists, Meesseman scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and Krystal Thomas collected a game-high 20 rebounds.