Silver Stars center Kayla Alexander will help shore up a frontcourt that will be missing Sophia Young this season. - Nate Shron

2013 San Antonio Silver Stars Season

The San Antonio Silver Stars posted a 21-13 record for their 2012 campaign under the leadership and strong play from guard Becky Hammon and forward Sophia Young. However, with Young suffering a knee injury during the offseason, what will the team do in order to cope with her absence?

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DC 86, San Antonio 64

The Washington Mystics beat the San Antonio Silver Stars and dominated them in nearly every facet of the game. Rookies Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Nadirah McKenith led DC with a combined 24 points in the game. The Mystics also went for a nine minute stretch from late in the third quarter until late in the fourth where they went on a 20-0 run.


Adams, Robinson, lead San Antonio to win

Just the Facts, Ma'am: New York came back from an early hole, but Shenise Johnson's jumper with 36.1 left in overtime turned out to be the winning basket in the Silver Stars' 78-77 win at the Prudential Center. Danielle Robinson led San Antonio with 18 points, adding seven rebounds and five steals, while Danielle Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds. For New York, Cappie Pondexter had 19 points, 13 after the halftime break, and 11 rebounds.

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Fever 79, Stars 64

The game started out with a 10-0 run by the Stars, but after that it was basically all Fever all the time as Indiana came out with a solid victory.

For Indy, Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous had 19 points each, Katie Douglas had 18 points and four dimes, and Erlana Larkins grabbed 12 boards and had 3 assists in addition to 8 points. For San Antonio, Shenise Johnson led the Stars wtih 14 points off the bench.

If you were wondering about how many threes were taken today given that the new near NBA length three is in use now, there were a good number. Indy made 5 of 16 shots, and San Antonio made 5-19 shots so the percentage was a bit low for them especially. Still, it's good to see that in the first regular season game for these teams, they weren't hesitating to take the shots at all which was a concern with some people in regards to the new line being used.


Becky Hammon breaks middle finger in practice

The press release from the San Antonio Silver Stars for this one was pretty simple:

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon sustained a broken middle finger on her right hand during training camp on Saturday. A timeline for her return will be established following further evaluation this week.

And really, no matter how long Hammon is out as a result, the significance of this one is pretty simple as well: the Silver Stars have had a rough offseason and could be headed for a tough regular season without Hammon for some period of time and forward Sophia Young out with a previously reported injury.

Or if you prefer a more positive spin, this could be a development year with some opportunities for their young talent to play.

For more on the Silver Stars, visit our offseason storystream.


Round 3, Pick 8: Whitney Hand heads to SASS

Wows: The Silver Stars reunited Danielle Robinson with fellow Sooner alumnae Whitney Hand. She finished her collegiate career third on the OU all-time list of minutes played per game (32.5) to go with 1,211 points with 164 3-pointers, 555 rebounds, 296 assists, 120 steals and 51 blocks in 104 games.The four-year team captain left Sherri Coale's program as a fan, coach and analysts favorite player dressed in Crimson and Cream.

Wonders: Since San Antonio doesn't have a NFL team, where will husband and former OU quarterback Landry Jones be playing this summer?

Worries: It's all about the injuries. She sat out a vast majority of the 2012-13 campaign after suffering a season-ending injury on Dec. 6. This was not her first go-round with injury, however, after sitting out all but six games in her sophomore season (2009-10) after tearing her ACL. With two ligament tears in her collegiate career, her knees are a definite cause for concern.


Round 2, Pick 4: San Antonio picks Davellyn Whyte

Wows: She's a dominant athlete at the point guard position and her ability to get herself to the line to score really helps her. Defensively, she has always had a strong steal percentage.

Wonders: Can she become a more efficient distributor? What will she do if she isn't the focal point of an offense?

Worries: She was an extremely turnover prone point guard this year. You have to wonder if she can become a more efficient distributor at the next level.


Round 1, Pick 8: San Antonio picks Kayla Alexander

Wows: Possibly the most well-rounded post player in this draft after Brittney Griner. She can score and was an elite shot blocker this year as well. Although there has been centers without great offensive rebounding to succeed in the league in the past, there's a good chance that her rebounding ability will significantly help her as well.

Wonders: Does it matter that she recorded so few assists in her senior year? Others have succeeded in spite of that, but it'll be interesting to see how her passing ability plays out in the future.

Worries: Here's the amazing thing: she doesn't really have a statistical weakness. The only concern might be how well she plays man defense given that she played a lot of zone at Syracuse.


Delisha Milton-Jones signs with the Stars

Forward Delisha Milton-Jones, an unrestricted free agent has signed a contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars. Milton-Jones comes to San Antonio from the Los Angeles Sparks where she played from 1999 to 2004 and from 2008-2012. She played for the Washington Mystics from 2005-2007. For more on the signing, see the Silver Stars' release.


Silver Stars announce signings of Turner, Wojta

The San Antonio Silver Stars officially announced the signings of Yvonne Turner and Julie Wojta, who we discussed previously, earlier today.

For more on the signings, check out the Silver Stars' release. For more analysis of the Silver Stars, check out our offseason storystream.


Jia Perkins re-signs with the Silver Stars

The San Antonio Silver Stars announced today in a press release that guard Jia Perkins has re-signed a multi-year deal with the team. She was the Stars' leading scorer off the bench each of the last two seasons and for 2012, she averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 steals a game, while committing less than one turnover a game. In addition Perkins had a career high in threes made last season with 49 made shots in 127 turnovers. This move helps solidify the Stars' backcourt rotation as they head into 2013.


San Antonio signs Julie Wojta

As first reported by, Swish Appeal has also learned that the San Antonio Silver Stars have signed Yvonne Turner and Julie Wojta as well as re-signing Ziomara Morrison although it has not been reported by the team. Wojta was originally drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the second round of the 2012 WNBA draft.


How can the Stars address Sophia Young's absence?

With Sophia Young suffering a right knee injury earlier this week, this puts the San Antonio Silver Stars in a more precarious spot for their 2013 season. While injuries could be setbacks for teams, they are also opportunities for others to show what they can do, and for San Antonio, it's no different.

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