Friday, July 8 – 6 p.m. PT
AT&T Center | San Antonio, TX
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Although they just won their first game without her, the Stars received unfortunate news earlier this week when leading scorer Kayla McBride was diagnosed with a right foot fracture. McBride, a third-year guard from Notre Dame, will be sidelined for the remainder of the year after averaging 17.1 points per game in the first half of the season. Coming off a win over the Mystics on Wednesday, San Antonio (5-13) enters Friday’s contest one game behind Seattle (6-12).
The Storm is winning the all-time series against San Antonio, but the Stars have taken three straight matchups at home. On June 14, San Antonio earned a 77-70 win in spite of 19 points and 15 rebounds from Storm rookie Breanna Stewart. It was a one-point game in the final minute, but the Stars knocked down clutch free throws and Kayla McBride hit a crucial three-pointer with 18.9 seconds left to clinch their victory.
As announced Thursday, Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been named WNBA Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung for the second consecutive month. In May, Stewart led all rookies in points (17.4 per game), rebounds (8.8) and blocks (2.0) and was second in assists (2.4) in five games. In June, Stewart averaged 19.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. She had an incredible four-game stretch, scoring 20-plus points in every contest and averaging 29.2 points on 67.9 percent shooting. Against Atlanta, Stewart scored 38 points, tied for the most by a WNBA player this season.
Heading into the current road trip, Seattle’s bench hadn’t outscored the opponent’s bench in a game since May 22. But the Storm has now accomplished that feat in back-to-back contests. Against Atlanta on July 5, Seattle got 20 points from its bench, including three baskets from newly acquired guard Noelle Quinn. In the loss to New York the next night, second-year wing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the bench with a season-high 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Along with rookie point guard Moriah Jefferson, second-year forward Dearica Hamby will be even more crucial to the Stars after losing Kayla McBride to a season-ending injury. Hamby played a critical role in their win over the Storm last month, notching 15 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. On Friday she will battle Breanna Stewart, the WNBA’s leading rebounder (9.8 per game).
- On Wednesday, the Stars signed former Storm guard Blake Dietrick to a seven-day contract. Dietrick didn’t play that night against Washington and could make her San Antonio debut in the matchup with Seattle. The rookie guard appeared in two games for the Storm before being waived on June 25.
- Following Friday’s game, the Storm will return home and face the Indiana Fever at KeyArena on Sunday at 4 p.m. Fever forward Tamika Catchings, who announced she is retiring after this season, will play her final regular-season game against Seattle.