Game #29 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Tulsa Shock Game Recap

That was probably the second most dominating game for the Silver Stars this season after their blowout win in Seattle. The Stars were able to lead in the second Q and were able to hold off the Tulsa Shock to win by a final score of 74-65. Jia Perkins led the team in scoring with 19 points. The Stars are now 11-18 on the season and 4-11 on the road. The Stars now head home to face the Sparks today in their final home game in August. My game recap is below, along with notes and observations.

GAME RECAP

Tulsa – August 30, 2013

The Stars suffered a heart break last second loss against Seattle which decreased their chance of going to the playoffs. However, their heart and fight didn’t let them give up on the season and it showed on the court Friday night. The Stars were still without Danielle Robinson while the Shock were without Liz Cambage (ankle sprain) and PG Angel Goodrich (illness).  The Silver Stars were down 1 after the first quarter 15-14 and it looked like it was going to be a battle between these two teams when the Silver Stars were able to take control in the game thanks to Shameka Christon who had 8 points in the second quarter. The Stars had their best quarter of the season outscoring the Shock by 15 points 28-13. The Stars had a commanding lead at half time 44-28 in which they shot 60% from the field and 40% from three. In the second half, the Shock responded to the Stars but the Stars were able to hold on firmly to the lead despite Tulsa’s repeated attempts to cut the lead down to 9 points. But, the Stars were just too much for the Shock and they were able to pull out the victory. SASS centers Jayne Appel, Danielle Adams and Kayla Alexander were too much for the Shock to handle as they had 26 points and 22 rebounds combined respectively. With their loss, the Shock were the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Stars are now 11-18 and 4-11 on the road. The Stars face the Sparks on Military Appreciation Night at the AT&T Center tomorrow night.

GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • Nice win for San Antonio after a tough loss against Seattle on Tuesday. The Stars looked like a playoff team against Tulsa who was missing their two starters.
  • The Stars got a balanced scoring effort from the team as Jia Perkins had 19 points alongside Shenise Johnson’s 13 points, Danielle Adams 10 points and Jayne Appel’s 8 points/11 rebs. They also got plenty of bench scoring with 22 points from Shameka Christon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Kayla Alexander.
  • Despite the 7 TO’s from Skylar Diggins, I thought she played well for the Shock. She had 9 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. She controlled the game and even gave the Shock a lift to try to come back in this game.

Game #23 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Seattle Storm Game Day Recap

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Temeka Johnson drives to the basket against Jayne Appel. The Storm won 69-63 at Key Arena in Seattle

The San Antonio Silver Stars lose to the Seattle Storm and are now 2 games back from Seattle for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Silver Stars drop to 8-15 while Seattle improves to 10-12. Seattle is now .500 at home while the Silver Stars are 3-9 on the road.  Jia Perkins had 19 points for San Antonio. My game recap is below along with notes and observations from watching the game on Live Access.

GAME RECAP

SEATTLE – August 11th 2013

San Antonio had just won convincingly against the Seattle Storm on Friday and were looking to do the same on Sunday evening. However, Seattle had other plans.  From the beginning, Seattle was the aggressor and fought for rebounds and found ways to score in their transition game. Seattle was also able to get the ball to its main scorer in Tina Thompson and Camille Little were able to find ways to score and be effective in the first half. Tanisha Wright also got involved as well. Seattle led 41-26 at half time. In the third quarter, San Antonio started to pick up their defense and forced turnovers and missed shots by Seattle. They were never able to get close as Seattle was able to keep them at bay and led by 11 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Seattle started to get away from what worked for them in the first 3 quarters and San Antonio picked up the pace defensively and offensively. Jia Perkins was able to knock down some shots and Kayla Alexander had a great 5 minute stretch in the fourth quarter in which she had 5 points and 4 rebounds. She was able to keep the Stars within distance but Tina Thompson was able to score every single time the Storm needed a basket. Jia Perkins was able to bring the Stars to within 4, but Seattle scored again thanks to Tina Thompson who led Seattle with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Tanisha Wright finished with 16 points.  Seattle is now 2-1 in the series and 1-1 on this home stand with San Antonio. Seattle will play San Antonio soon and will be on another home and home stand but this time it will be in San Antonio. The Stars don’t play again until Aug 17th when Phoenix comes into town.

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • – That was a scrappy game. Neither team was able to establish themselves offensively and Seattle was able to win because of timely baskets from Tina Thompson who is the Storm’s MVP for this season. 
  • Danielle Adams struggled in this series. It might be because of the match ups and it’s pretty rare to see her struggle like she did. I do suspect that she’ll be back and ready to go when SASS plays Phoenix next.
  • Tina Thompson is awesome. No, really she’s awesome. Every single time Seattle needed her, she was there. In fact, in games that Seattle has won, Tina has been or usually near the high scorer for that game. I would nominate her for Storm’s MVP and one of the leaders in the MVP race. She’s also 8 rebounds shy from 3000 rebounds which is remarkable. I mean, 7000 + points and 3000 rebounds? Pretty special player and very remarkable.
  • Jayne Appel had her best game as a pro. This is the game in which Stars fans were expecting when Dan Hughes drafted her 5th in the 2010 draft class. She had 11 points, 16 rebounds, SIX blocked shots, 3 assists and defensively as usually was great. She’s getting better and better every year and San Antonio finally has their center to play alongside Sophia Young. She’s also in my most improved player candidates along with Karima Christmas of Indiana and Jantel Lavender of Los Angeles.
  • Neither team shot well but Seattle won in FT’s and rebounds. 
  • Danielle Adams now is 3 points shy of 1000 points while Cathrine Kraayeveld is 3 rebounds shy from 1000 rebounds.
  • Jia Perkins had 5 steals and is one of the top 5 leaders in steals this season while Danielle Robinson had 6 assists despite poor shooting from SASS. Danielle still leads the league with 7 assists.

 

Game #20 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Tulsa Shock Game Recap

Jayne Appel goes in for a layup against Elizabeth Cambage. San Antonio won against Tulsa 69 – 65 at the AT&T Center. Photo courtesy of Daniel Clarke Evans, NBAE/Getty Images

Well, that was some kind of game wasn’t it? I’m just happy that the game is over. San Antonio won its 7th game and are now tied with Tulsa in terms of wins. Because Tulsa has played 2 more games and have lost both of them, San Antonio moves ahead into 5th place. San Antonio is now 5-5 at home.  The game recap is below, followed by the usual notes and observations from the game.

GAME RECAP

ANEELA KHAN

SAN ANTONIO – AUGUST 4TH 2013

Coming into this game, San Antonio suffered another blow out loss to Minnesota on the road. After having one of the worst road records in the WNBA, San Antonio was looking forward to playing at the AT&T Center.  The Silver Stars were able to hang on and win against Tulsa, one of their key playoff rivals and win just their seventh game of this season.  The Silver Stars were led by Danielle Robinson who had 19 points and 9 assists, Jia Perkins who had 18 points but it was Jayne Appel’s performance that ultimately gave the Silver Stars the win.  The game started off with Tulsa scoring the first 5 points before San Antonio went on a 10 – 0 run.  San Antonio was up by the end of the 1st quarter 22- 15. In the second quarter, Liz Cambage began to score and the Shock went on a run of their own and led at half time 35-33. The third quarter featured many runs. Tulsa started out hot by giving the ball to Liz who was able to score and were up early 43-33 in the third quarter. San Antonio was able to come back and tie the game going into the fourth quarter at 55 apiece.  The fourth quarter was where Jayne Appel had her impact. She was able to defend Liz Cambage well, and rebounded well for the fourth straight game. She also banked in a three pointer which was needed as the Silver Stars had trouble scoring for much of the fourth quarter.  Despite Tulsa’s efforts to bring the game closer, San Antonio was able to hang on and win.

 

NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • That was one UGLY game. Not pretty at all. Both teams shot 38% from the floor and TUL had 25 FT attempts, 12 of them which they missed. TUL had 19 turnovers which lead to 22 of SAN points.
  • Danielle Robinson continues her stellar play. She had 19 points and 9 assists and was able to bother both of the Shock guards and keep them from having an impact.
  • Jayne Appel was the player of the game. She had 9 points (although she missed an easy layup), 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and 3 blocks. San Antonio needed her performance in order to win this game. If Jayne continues to play like this for the rest of the season and next year, she’ll be in the running for Most Improved.
  • Jia Perkins also had a bounce back performance with 18 points
  • Glory Johnson is an work horse. Literally. I can see why she was an All – Star this year. This is the first time I’ve seen her play and she truly grabs every rebound she can, is a good post player and gets to the free throw line quite frequently. I even think she should be the MVP candidate over Liz Cambage because of her consistency.  I can also see why alot of WNBA fans are becoming fans of Glory Johnson. She’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that.
  • Liz Cambage is a game changer. Her ability to block shots and alter the way a team plays, is quite remarkable. Only two players can be game changers in the league and that’s Liz Cambage and Brittney Griner.

 

San Antonio now plays on Tuesday against the Minnesota Lynx before they go to Seattle to play a rare away and away game stand this weekend.

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 #14 San Antonio Silver Stars vs Connecticut Sun Game Recap + Notes & Observations

San Antonio Silver Stars' Shenise Johnson goes up for a basket while guarded by Connecticut Sun's Kelly Faris, back right, during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Connecticut won 86-84

Shenise Johnson shoots a layup over Tina Charles

Photo courtesy of Jessica Hill, AP 

GAME RECAP

UNCASVILLE – July 14, 2013

The San Antonio Silver Stars were looking to redeem themselves after a home loss to the Mystics. The Connecticut Sun were also looking to do the same after losing their last two games. In a game in which both teams were at the bottom of their conferences, the Connecticut Sun came out on top with an 86 – 84 victory. Tina Charles, the reigning MVP finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Allison Hightower finished with a career high 23 points. The game featured both teams making key plays, one right after another and neither team was able to pull away until the end of the game. It however, didn’t begin that way.  San Antonio was able to start off the game with an 6-0 run, followed by a 12-0 Connecticut run. The Sun were able to outscore the Stars 26-11, but the Silver Stars fought back with baskets from Jia Perkins and were only down 2 at half 34-32.  In the third quarter, after the Sun scored, the Silver Stars came back and were able to regain the lead from scoring from Shameka Christon who had 5 points in the third. Yet, the Sun came back and was tied at 57 all heading into the 4th Q. In the fourth quarter, the Silver Stars relied on a balanced attack and after leading briefly in the fourth quarter, the Sun were able to hold the Stars off thanks to timely baskets from Allison Hightower and Tina Charles. The Stars had an opportunity to tie the game with 9 seconds left but Jia Perkins missed a long two at the buzzer. The Silver Stars drop to 4-10 on the season and CONN improves to 4-9. The Silver Stars will now head into Washington to face the Mystics on Tuesday.


GAME NOTES + OBSERVATIONS

  • That was FUN. That is what basketball games should be like more often. Two teams battling one another, shot for shot, not knowing who will come out on top. The Silver Stars might not have many games like these this season, so enjoy them while you still can.
  • The Silver Stars were never really able to get over the hump. Every time they tried to, the Sun would come back. Or they would have a turnover. etc.
  • Allison Hightower is an impressive guard. I was going to write in my pre game preview about defending her as well, but since she had struggled a bit, I thought it was better to leave it alone. Clearly, that was a mistake on my part. She had a career high 23 points and scored when the Sun needed it the most.
  • Tina Charles had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a night where except the first quarter and the last minutes of the 4th, she was relatively quiet. For the most part, Jayne Appel did a good job, as well as some good double + triple teams. 
  • The Silver Stars out rebounded the Sun 36-35. In a season in which they are dead last in the league, it’s a good sign to see it.
  • SIX players were in double figures. A balanced scoring attack gives the Silver Stars a shot to win as it did in this game and they will need more of it if they want to win more games this season.
  • The CONN Sun crowd was really into the game. It’s a better atmosphere when that happens and gives the game being played some life.

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.