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June 1st 2013 – GAME STORY
The San Antonio Silver Stars got off to a quick start and never looked back as they were able to withstand key LA runs that would’ve given LA the lead. The Silver Stars were led by the second year player Shenise Johnson who scored a team high 19 points. It was also her career high. The Silver Stars were able to withstand LA because LA’s two potent offensive players in Nneka Oguwmike and Kristi Toliver struggled in the game. The game would’ve ended with San Antonio winning by a larger margin had they not had their free throw troubles. San Antonio also shot the ball remarkably well and played a much more smoother and crisp offense than their home opener. The Sparks outside of Candace Parker, who is one of the early MVP candidates and Lindsey Harding, couldn’t find anyone else willing to share the load. The Silver Stars also shot more free throws in the game than LA. The San Antonio Silver Stars who already had a week’s rest, now get 5 more days to rest before they face the Chicago Sky at home on June 6th.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
– It looked like LA thought that the Stars would roll over and play dead. Seriously, it looked like LA thought they would have an easy game to play and didn’t take San Antonio seriously enough
– With that first observation, the Sparks could have easily overcame their struggles and STILL would’ve won or come close to winning had that 3 by Lindsey Harding with less than a minute remaining had gone in. Which is saying something.
– Shenise Johnson continues to impress me. She shot the ball well, she attacked the floor, she made a 3, and she was rewarded for leading the team with 19 points. She looks every bit as the player that came advertised out of the draft for possibly competing to be the ROY last year alongside Glory Johnson, Nneka Ogwumike and Shekinna Stricklen.
– Danielle Robinson made good plays and was more assertive in terms of what Dan Hughes asked from her. She needs to keep this up in order to help the Silver Stars fight in the tough Western Conference.
– Marissa Coleman looked like a different player than she did against the Seattle Storm. And that’s not a good thing.
-Ebony Hoffman once in a while will come off the bench and play well. She certainly did that against the Stars.
– One last note – Delisha Milton Jones came to PLAY today. No doubt about that.
The LA Sparks have now lost TWELVE of their last FOURTEEN games at the AT&T Center. I have no idea about why they play poorly in that arena.
The Sparks and Stars now have identical records tied at 1-1 a piece in the early 2013 WNBA season.