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Stars top Fever in dominating fashion

Hot shooting for the Stars, along with Danielle Robinson’s 18 points, give San Antonio their fifth win of the season heading into the All-Star break.

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It's safe to say that the San Antonio Stars, who dropped eight of their first 10 games this year, haven't had the best start to the season.

But after Tuesday's contest between the Stars and the Indiana Fever, you wouldn't have any idea that the Stars stumbled out of the gate. The Stars (5-12) beat the Fever (8-8) 80-62 in dominating fashion, giving them their second win in the past three games.

"Once we started taking care of the ball a little bit better, I thought it was probably our best basketball game," said Stars coach Dan Hughes. "I thought early we threw it around a little bit which wasn't typical for us. Once we started taking care of the ball, I thought we played both ends of the floor as well as we played all year."

The first quarter gave an even fight between the two teams, with neither pulling ahead of the other. It was not until the second quarter, though, that the Stars were able to find a real groove in their offense.

Danielle Robinson, who led the team with 18 points, helped spark an 18-6 run in the second quarter for the Stars, giving them a 16-point lead heading into the break.

"We were not focused," said Fever forward Tamika Catchings. "We came in at halftime down 16, and that comes with a lack of focus and not starting the game off the right way."

The second half proved no better for the Fever, who shot just 33.9 percent from the field in Tuesday's game. The Stars took advantage, and were able to keep their momentum in the second half, never letting the Fever back within striking distance.

San Antonio, who earned their fifth win of the season Tuesday, shot 60 percent from the field, something that Catchings said was a significant reason why the Fever struggled.

"The fact that they shot 60 percent for the game is uncharacteristic of our defense," Catchings said. "We're normally able to limit touches and limit the percentage of getting boards and being able to take off and run. [It was] an all around bad effort from us tonight - kind of frustrating."

Along with Robinson's 18 points, Sophia Young-Malcolm finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Stars. Kayla McBride also finished with 14 points in the contest.

Catchings, who led the Fever with 20 points, was the only player from Indiana, who scored in double figures.

And with the All-Star break right around the corner, McBride said she couldn't be happier with the timing. After playing four games in just seven days, the break, she said, gives the team a chance to regroup.

"It's time for us to refresh, regroup, and come back with an even more aggressive mindset," McBride said. "This game kind of showed us coming together a lot. Everybody was kind of in their zone and meshed together. We have to continue that and come back ready."