Tonight, in front of their home crowd, the San Antonio Stars were looking to snap their three-game losing streak against the Tulsa Shock.
Coming into tonight's game, the Stars fell to the New York Liberty 84-68 on Wednesday, while the Shock were on a three-game winning streak before falling to Indiana 83-80. So far this season, the Shock are leading the season series, winning the first two games.
However, tonight's game was a different story as San Antonio's Danielle Robinson scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Stars to a 65-58 victory. Stars Head Coach Dan Hughes was very pleased with his team performance tonight.
"I thought we just made a lot of second effort plays today on top of playing in the fourth quarter with some energy. We rebounded the ball well tonight. We just did a good job of defensively creating a climate. We didn't foul a lot, and we didn't unnecessarily give them uncontested shots. It gave us an opportunity," he said.
The Stars got the game started out on the right foot leading 9-3 early on, thanks to Sophia Young Malcolm, who had seven points and four rebounds in the first few minutes.
Towards the end of the first quarter, the Shock made a late run thanks to Odyssey Sims, who scored four straight points to only put them down 16-13. Offense was at a premium for both teams in this game. The Shock shot 30.9 percent from the field, while the Stars only shot 38.2 percent. Missed shots and turnovers were the story as neither team could get into a rhythm on offense.
In the second quarter, rookie Samantha Logic used her fancy dribbling skills and got a bank shot to go down to increase the Stars lead to 22-19. Then at the 5:20 mark, a three-point barrage broke out with Riquna Williams knocking down a trey to give the Shock a 24-23 lead.
However, Logic and Stars got the lead right back as she made a three-point basket. Then with 4:44 to go in the half, Tulsa's Jordan Hooper was fouled as she drilled a three-pointer. She went to the line and completed the four-point play.
For the Shock, Sims had10 points in the second quarter to help give them a 35-32 lead at the half.
For Sims, this was her first start since coming back from injury but played solid finishing with 14 points and five rebounds. "I could always be better. I was just trying to work my way into that game, and just take it day by day," she said.
In the third quarter, the offensive rhythm started to pick up for the Shock. Vicki Baugh scored seven points, while Williams drilled a three-pointer with 3:06 left on the clock to tie the game up at 44-44. Baugh's effort in the third helped give Tulsa a 48-46 lead going into the final quarter.
Finally, in the fourth quarter with the Stars down two, Danielle Robinson played lights out. With 7:51 to go in the game, Robinson made a mid-range jumper to tie the game up at 50-50. From that point on, the Shock would go onto score eight more points as the Stars' defense was stifling.
Robinson finished the game with 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. She was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity strike. After the game, she spoke about tonight's victory and how they play together.
"Just all the credit to my teammates. We really have good chemistry no matter who is on the court. We are missing a couple players, but we band together and know that we have to pick up the slack. Also, credit to our fans for being so great and loyal at home. They've been there for us these last four games."
Her teammate, Young-Malcolm scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the victory. Young-Malcolm also talked about the home crowd and how tonight they played aggressively.
"I thought we started off the game really aggressive. Right now it's all about protecting our home court. We didn't start off this season very well, but now it's about the middle of the season. It is just about getting a rhythm," she said.
The Stars are now 4-11 on the season and will be looking for another win on Sunday afternoon against Elena Della-Donne and the Chicago Sky. For the Shock, they are now 10-6 and will have a tough task at home on Sunday afternoon as they welcome the Minnesota Lynx.