The sky is clear in San Antonio as the Stars shining bright deep in the heart of Texas. The San Antonio Stars have been on fire the last three games. The thrilling overtime victory over Seattle last night notched the first three game win streak for San Antonio since 2014. To put that in perspective, the Stars have not won three games in a row since Becky Hammon was on the court in silver and black and not on the sidelines.
You could argue about these wins, as New York and Seattle have struggled and Washington is severely undermanned. Yet, if you watched the games, you know that there is something different about San Antonio. The chemistry is flourishing, which leads to so many other great things for the Stars.
Chemistry brings good ball movement. The team had 23, 20, and 26 assists, That is a far cry from the 17.3 they are averaging this season. And if you watch the game film, you know those assists are spread pretty well across the team. Meaning that everyone is anticipating the extra pass and the ball is moving.
With chemistry and ball movement comes open shooters. It is safe to say the Stars have capitalized on these features. Kayla McBride and Kayla Alexander both had career nights against New York, respectively dropping 31 and 19 points. In the next game against Washington, Isabelle Harrison had another double-double on the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. McBride, Alexander, and Alex Montgomery all added 12 as well, making four players in double figures for the Stars. Against the Mystics, 2017 number one overall draft pick Kelsey Plum dished out 12 assists, the most for a rookie this season and the most from a Stars player since 2015. In this last game with Seattle, Plum had a career high 24 points and also saw three other players in double figures in McBride, Montgomery, and Dearica Hamby.
The Stars face the red hot Chicago Sky this coming Thursday. The Stars very first win of the season came against Chisago back on June 30th. These are two totally different teams coming into this matchup, as Chicago is on their own path to redemption in search of what once was considered an unlikely playoff berth. No matter the outcome on Thursday, if the Stars continue to build on their chemistry, it is safe to say fans will be continue to be more than pleased with this young Stars team’s effort and results. Chemistry makes or break a team, and it seems it finally came for San Antonio in just enough time to save what could have been a very demoralizing season.