Game #18 New York Liberty vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Recap (Mini Notes Version)

This recap is about 4 days late. I got busy and it’s hard to update your post with the All Star Game going on. The West won the All Star Game and Danielle Robinson participated in the win. Getting back to this game, the Silver Stars had an early camp day start and the Liberty were in town. The Silver Stars had won their previous match up against the Liberty and for the first time this season they swept the series against another team. The Stars improved to 6-12 while the Liberty dropped to 7-11.

GAME NOTES

  • This game was ugly. There was no denying it. It was un watchable at certain times.
  • Both teams shot less than 40% for the game.  The Silver Stars were just able to gut it out and get a much needed win
  • Jayne Appel had another strong rebounding game with 13 rebounds. If only Jayne looked to score more, she would have a good chance of being the most improved player.
  • The Silver Stars were able to hold all of the Liberty weapons to less than stellar shooting nights and defended them well
  • The Danielle Adams – Jayne Appel inside and outside combo is interesting. I want to see more than 2 games, but I think the Stars could benefit from this starting combo going forward. You get an inside post presence with Jayne and an outside shooting presence with Danielle making it difficult for teams to leave both.
  • Bill Laimbeer was ejected from this game after what looked like a questionable call for the Liberty. It was that kind of afternoon game.
  • Danielle Robinson had a great All Star performance with 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds
  • Jia Perkins struggled but she had other great stats such as 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals
  • Silver Stars are on a two game winning streak! Let the celebration begin.
  • Dan Hughes wins his 200th game. Way to go Dan! Dan is one of the best coaches in this league who has been able to have an impact in his players.
  • The Silver Stars biggest attendance as 12,000+ were at the game.
  • The Silver Stars now only have two matchups against the East – one on the road against Indiana and one at home against Atlanta
  • The Silver Stars don’t play again until August 2nd when they face the red hot Minnesota Lynx

Recapping the Friday and Saturday Home and Home Series vs Minnesota & Connecticut(Games 16 and 17)

Lindsay Whalen led Minnesota to an 87-71 victory over San Antonio. Photo c/o of NBAE/Getty Images
Danielle Adams led San Antonio with 20 points as SA won 60-52 over the Connecticut Sun. Photo courtest of Daniel Clarke Evans NBAE/Getty Images

 

Two games, two different opponents. It’s amazing how one night, everyone looks lethargic and slow and the next night, suddenly everyone looks energized and play better. That’s exactly what happens when you play the best team in the Western Conference the Minnesota Lynx and the worst team in the Eastern Conference the Connecticut Sun the next night. The Silver Stars split the home and home series 1-1 and are now 3-5 at home this season.

Click here for the official recap for the blow out loss to the Lynx on Friday..

I was out for the game that happened on Friday, so I can only go by play by play and the box score. Below are some brief game notes.

GAME NOTES

  • The injuries keep piling up. This time, it took Delisha Milton Jones who left the game with a knee injury. Her status is questionable and most likely day to day.
  • I wrote in my game preview for this game that the Silver Stars would need to contain the Lynx starting 5. They didn’t as Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Janel McCarville had 21, 14 and 10 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen had herself a game and was incredibly efficient w 21 points in 26 minutes
  • I also wrote in my game preview that the Stars had to prevent an X factor from scoring. They didn’t as Deveraux Peters had 13 points. It’s difficult to win games especially against the Lynx when they have another player scoring other than their starting 5.
  • Nothing really positive to say about the Stars performance stat wise except they out rebounded the Lynx by 1 37 to 36
  • Lindsay Whalen is an All Star. There is no doubt about that.

After the Stars suffered a blow out loss to the Lynx they had to regroup and get ready for the Connecticut Sun.  First, read the official recap  for the game and then read my game recap below.

San Antonio – July 20, 2013

Aneela Khan

The San Antonio Silver Stars were thrilled and more than happy to end their season high 4 game losing streak to the Connecticut Sun on Saturday night. After a rough season in which San Antonio has lost their two best players and another starter on Friday they could finally smile after their victory. The Silver Stars were led by Danielle Adams who was starting in her second straight game and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jayne Appel also was big for San Antonio as she had a career high 18 rebounds. After a first half in which both teams were tied at 35, San Antonio took the lead after the third quarter and never looked back. Connecticut struggled to score in the second half and only scored 17 points, 4 of them in the third quarter. Jia Perkins was instrumental in the second half with 9 second half points, 7 of them in the third quarter run that put the game away. Tina Charles had 18 points and 12 rebounds and outside of Charles, the Sun struggled. Tina also passed 2000 points in her career at the 6:20 minute mark in the third quarter. Renee Montgomery who was playing in her second straight game from her return of her injury struggled shooting as did Tan White. The Silver Stars next game is before the All Star Break on July 25th against the New York Liberty. It is also camp day.

NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS

  • Jia Perkins, Danielle Adams and Jayne Appel all came to play. All three were huge in their roles and helped keep the Sun from even thinking about making it a game. Danielle Robinson was also key.
  • Kara Lawson did not play. My guess it was to rest either her knee or back.
  • Tina Charles didn’t shoot the ball enough. She did have 20 attempts which is the most on her team but on a night where the other players were struggling, it would’ve been better to give her the ball more and let her work. The Sun completely forgot about Tina in the third quarter and the 4th quarter in which she only scored 2 points. Jayne Appel did a fine job defending Tina and made her work a little more for her shots.
  • On that note on Tina. Scoring 2000 points in 3 and a half seasons is remarkable. She’s on the Angel McCoughtry, Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi scoring pace. Which is to say she’s going to score a lot of points at a rapid pace. Scary, just scary.
  • Free throws just weren’t going to happen in this game. Only 7 for the Stars, 11 for the Sun.
  • The crowd was into the game despite the team struggles and the opponent struggles. Nice to see San Antonio still appreciating their WNBA team

Game #13 Washington Mystics vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Day Recap

Cathrine Kraayeveld in her first game with the  San Antonio Silver Stars.

Photo c/o of sasilverstars.com

That was interesting… to say the least. The Silver Stars lost their 4th home game of the season to the Mystics in front of their biggest crowd this season at the AT&T Center.11,268 were on hand to watch the Silver Stars battle the Mystics but the Stars just did not have enough to pull out the win. The Silver Stars were led by Jia Perkins season high 22 points. The Mystics had balanced scoring and were led by Crystal Langhorne who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Game Recap

San Antonio – July 12, 2013

The San Antonio Silver Stars had just won on the road and were looking to make it a win streak. The Mystics didn’t make all the right plays and were coming off a tough loss at Chicago. The Silver Stars also signed a new player in Cathrine Kraayeveld as part of the hardship rule. The Stars started off slowly and the Mystics were able to grab a 4 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The Mystics were able to seperate themselves from the Silver Stars due to the play of Crystal Langhorne who had 12 points by half time. The Silver Stars also got in foul trouble resulting in free throws for the Mystics. The Mystics lead by 13 at the half. In the third quarter, the Silver Stars got back on track by forcing turnovers and shooting the ball better. Jia Perkins was able to get her shot going and the Silver Stars were only down 2 going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the Silver Stars struggled mightily and could not score enough to pull out the win. The Mystics had their bench eventually give them the win. The final score was WASH 83 SA 73. The Mystics were able to win against SA for the first time since 2010. The Silver Stars now drop to 4-9 on the season and the Mystics improve to 7-7. The Silver Stars now head into CONN on Sunday to take on Tina Charles and the Connecticut Sun.

GAME NOTES

  • Nice to see a big full crowd at the AT&T Center. Hopefully, this gets better as the season goes along when more marquee match ups will be played.
  • I picked the Silver Stars to win this game, believe it or not.  Clearly, I underestimated the Mystics and their solid bench play.
  • Jayne Appel struggled due to foul trouble. She wasn’t aggressive and wasn’t looking to shoot at all. She only took 1 attempt. As I have stated, Jayne Appel is the Silver Stars important player. When she plays well, the Stars benefit.
  • The Silver Stars were out rebounded really badly. The Mystics grabbed 44 rebounds, SASS 25
  • The Silver Stars at time, took bad shots or ill advised shots. They also missed some easy layups and layups in traffic as well.
  • I’m impressed with WASH’s Tierra Ruffin Pratt. She played really well and was aggressive all night. She finished with 10 points.
  • SASS had trouble getting to the line tonight as they only went there 13 times. WASH went to the line THIRTY THREE times. There were some bad fouls on SASS’s part, and yes some of the fouls called on SASS were not fouls at all, but the Mystics attacked the basket and SA paid for it dearly. 
  • This to me, was a disappointing loss. After grabbing a great win against Phoenix, to lose against the Mystics at home was kind of underwhelming. I know WAS plays better and are better than SA this season, but I really thought that they were going to be better than they previously were.
  • SA’s next game is at CONN. Both teams are bad this season, so not much else to say.

Game #12 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Phoenix Mercury Game Recap

The San Antonio Silver Stars are back on track.  For just the fourth time this season, they won.  SIX San Antonio players were in double figures and the Silver Stars stole a win from the Phoenix Mercury. Danielle Adams was the team’s high scorer of the afternoon game with 19 points. Jayne Appel had a career night with 13 points (a new career high) and 8 rebounds.

The Silver Stars were ready and poised to play this game. The Phoenix Mercury, on the other hand were not. They were already missing Brittney Griner who did not play because of a knee sprain and Lynetta Kizer who was a game time decision. The Stars were able to avoid having Griner in the game and therefore they were able to score in the paint at will. One of the keys in my game preview for this matchup was to defend Brittney as best as they could. Without her presence, the Silver Stars benefited and the Mercury didn’t.

The Silver Stars matched the Phoenix Mercury point by point in the first quarter. Neither team was defending, and the Silver Stars were playing how the Mercury play — run, shoot, and get out on the open floor.  They were able to find each other with good passes and took good shots. The Silver Stars were able to stay close with the Mercury until the Silver Stars were able to open up their lead at 83-75 to win the game by a final score of 88-80. Diana Taurasi also fouled out of the game with THREE fouls in the fourth quarter. Diana was able to score at ease in the first half and slowed down in the second half. The Silver Stars also got contributions from Delisha Milton Jones who finished with 16 points.

This was a good win for the Silver Stars. There is no doubt. I’m beginning to think Jayne Appel is the Silver Stars most important player on the floor. She’s the Silver Stars best interior defender, she’s a good passer and a good rebounder.  When she plays, the Silver Stars play better defense, overall the offence is crisper, and the Stars often have a good shot of winning the basketball game.

The Silver Stars next game is at home against the much improved Washington Mystics on Friday, June 12.

Game #9 Phoenix Mercury vs San Antonio Silver Stars Game Recap(Quick Hits)

Danielle Robinson’s 15 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds were not enough to secure the win

Photo courtesy of the SilverStars.com

Well, the winning didn’t continue as the Silver Stars fell to the Mercury by a final score of 83-77.

This game was the game of runs and as many basketball watchers, fans, analysts, reporters know, whoever scores the most baskets wins the game. The Silver Stars were hot early and got off to a 26  to 18 start. Then the Mercury got hot and outscored the Stars 25-7. The Silver Stars came back and outscored the Mercury 23 – 10 in the 3rd. And in the final quarter, the Mercury got the last run and were able to get a win on the road. 

The Silver Stars are now below .500 at home (2-3) while the Mercury improved a game over .500 on the road (3-2)

Brittney Griner was the player of the game. She was everywhere. Her first pro game in which she had an impact on the game and in the final score. She had a career high 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks. This was also a homecoming for Brittney as she was back in Texas for the first time since March.

Diana Taurasi was held in check and really, despite her near triple double wasn’t as effective

Danielle Robinson continues to be the Silver Stars best and most consistent player, even with veterans Jia and Shameka Christon. She was simply outstanding and the Silver Stars would be lost without her if she didn’t play this season

Nice to see a big crowd at the AT&T Center. Especially on ESPN2. And I’m glad it was a good game for basketball fans

This was the first of 5 match ups. The Silver Stars next game is on June 30th against the red hot Atlanta Dream (8-1). 

– BLOGGER’S NOTE – This is also my last post before I go on vacation. I shall be back July 2nd. Have a great week!

Game #8 – San Antonio Silver Stars vs New York Liberty Game Recap

 

Delisha Milton Jones was one of 4 double figure scorers for the Silver Stars in their one point victory

Photo courtesy of Nathaniel S. Butler (NBAE/Getty Images)

This game was nuts. There are no words to describe the game that was played. It was for the most part, a very boring afternoon affair until the OT period happened. And then, some how, some way the Silver Stars ended up with a win and left NJ for the last time.

The official game story is actually written very nicely and has some great post game quotes from both teams. Click here to read it.

The game story written by me is written below.

GAME RECAP

Newark (June 23, 2013)

The Silver Stars and the New York Liberty meet with both teams going in different directions. San Antonio was win less in their three road games and the Liberty were perfect at home in 4 games played at the Prudential Center. But, it was the San Antonio Silver Stars who came away victorious. The Silver Stars were still without Jayne Appel, who is listed as day to day.  The Silver Stars struck early and were up 15-4 before the New York Liberty came storming back and the Silver Stars were able to hang out in front and were ahead of the first quarter by seven points 25 – 18. In the second quarter,  the Silver Stars struggled offensively but the Liberty were not much better and the Silver Stars had a 2 point lead at half time 34-32. In the third quarter,  both teams still struggled but there was not much separation from either team as the Stars still stayed in front 49 – 48. In the fourth quarter, both teams were able to score but the Silver Stars were able to pull away with their biggest lead at 63- 55 before the New York Liberty came back thanks in part to Leilani Mitchell and Plenette Pierson. From there out, both teams exchanged the final dagger in the last 2 minutes, however neither were able to pull it out and the game went into overtime. The overtime period resulted in both teams making plays, but just like in the fourth quarter,  they couldn’t pull away. In the final 36 seconds, neither team took a timeout and Shenise Johnson  put the Silver Stars ahead for good as the Liberty couldn’t get the shot that they wanted, nor did any shot off their rebounds went in. The Silver Stars won the game by a final score of 78-77.  Danielle Robinson was the Silver Stars leading scorer with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The Liberty were lead by Cappie Pondexter who finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

TIDBITS AND NOTES FROM THE GAME

– Danielle Robinson continues to play well in her third season. She has really progressed from her last two seasons and looks primed and ready to be the Silver Stars future point guard

– That was one heck of an OT period. I could barely understand it, as LiveAccess is 2-3 minutes behind the official box score, so I had to literally look at the box score to see what was happening, and then watch it on LiveAccess. That was brutal, especially in a game like this where you have no clue who will win the game.

– The Silver Stars, for the most part, defended Cappie well. Cappie missed some easy shots at the rim, but the Stars made sure to stay in front of her and made her take some bad shots. They also defended the last possession of the game as well as OT nicely and never gave Cappie much room to operate

– The Silver Stars couldn’t defend the interior  pick and roll as Plenette Pierson was able to make them pay.

– The Danielle Adams vs Kelsey Bone matchup was fun to watch. Neither really was able to make one another pay, such as Danielle would score, then Kelsey would score, or Danielle would get a TO, so would Kelsey etc.

– Despite shooting 38.5 from the field, 25% from three, and getting out rebounded the Silver Stars WON. They also shot 42% from the line. This is one of those wins, where you just don’t understand how they won, but still did.

Becky Hammon was quoted in the AP game recap in which she said still had about 10 more days to go before she could come back. Also, Becky was at the game

– Despite  being re inserted in the lineup, Shameka struggled again.

– It was nice to see Delisha Milton Jones being rewarded for working hard and trying her best to help Silver Stars win games with a stat line of 15 points and 5 rebounds.

– If Leilani Mitchell didn’t play this game, this game wouldn’t have been close. She was the one, along with Plennette who was able to either score, assist which made Cappie’s life a whole lot easier to score than to lead the offense.

– The Silver Stars improve to 3-5 on the season and their next game is on Tuesday against the Phoenix Mercury which will also be a nationally televised game. YAY for ESPN2. It’s also the Stars only appearance.