San Antonio Silver Stars

WNBA Opening Weekend Thoughts

May 22, 2012 12:05pm
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The 2012 season is officially underway as there were 7 games this weekend. This also means the Minnesota Lynx have started their road to repeat as WNBA Champions.

It all started Friday night in Key Arena, home to the Seattle Storm and one of the league’s best home courts. Here was a team, partly in transition, after they sent Cash and Willingham to Chicago for their 2nd pick in this year’s draft. A still veteran team though, that added all time leading scorer Tina Thompson and great Euroleague big Ann Wauters, Seattle was hoping to maintain their high expectations. Hosting the Los Angeles Sparks under new coach Carol Ross, LA was hoping to turn around their disappointing results in recent seasons. The Storm came out on fire, getting Wauters a ton of easy post touches. While TT drained her NBA range 3′s, the Sparks were settling for and missing a series of mid-range jumpers. As the game wore on it seemed the Sparks had enough to get back into the game, but were suddenly staring at a 21 point deficit late in the 3rd quarter. Lots of ball pressure from the Sparks led to some Seattle TOs and easy run-outs, a barrage of 3′s from Toliver and some key baskets from Parker sent LA on a massive run which tied up the game late in the 4th and continued through, to the final buzzer.

Saturday’s card had 4 games on tap. It started early as the New York Liberty hosted the Connecticut Sun at the MSG. The Liberty enjoyed an 8 point halftime lead, due in part to the time they spent at the free throw line. Despite still trailing by 7 entering the 4th quarter, the Sun scored 27 points in the final period, capitalizing on a fatigued Liberty team who couldn’t execute on offense or get the necessary stops on defense.  Read more »

Interview: Silver Stars preview with STL and HFH from SS Nation

May 22, 2012 10:00am
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Hot For Hammon (HFH) and STL are the owners of Silver Stars Nation and once again took the time to share their thoughts about the upcoming Silver Stars season.  The Silver Stars Nation forum has evolved into a site where you can find live chats during SASS games, an active message board, and interviews with Silver Stars players, coaches, and staff.

The Silver Stars started the season with a 88-79 win over the Tulsa Shock at the BOK Center in Tulsa, led by Sophia Young’s 20 points, Becky Hammon’s 9 assists, and some crucial 3-pt field goals from Shameka Christon off the bench.

How much improvement might we see from 2nd year players Danielle Robinson and Danielle Adams? I imagine this could be a year they both take a big leap forward.

STL – I think that DRob still needs to settle down some, she is so fast but also a little out of control. The pre-season game against Indy she had 4 PF’s and 7 TO’s… she can’t give up 7 TO’s in the regular season PLUS 4 PF’s and only contribute 4 points. With DA the key is keeping that foot healthy. She had issues last season with it and off and on her entire Euro season in Italy. So if she stays healthy I see no reason why she wouldn’t pick up where she left off.

HFH – From Robinson I’m hoping we some development in her court vision. She plays at such fast pace I think she needs to learn to slow down and take the time to see the entire court and use her peripheral vision. Last season she tended to only see what was in front of her and missed opportunities for a better play. I think/hope for some development in that aspect of her game. What I am hoping to see from Adams is her picking up where she left off. She showed she was capable both in the post and on the perimeter and she doesn’t lack confidence. I’d like to see some improvement in shot selection. And I hope to see improvement/dedication to her body. She is going to have to make some changes if she wants to avoid injury and last a full season. Read more »

Top 6 2012 Draft Class preseason update

May 15, 2012 12:35pm
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Pick 2012 WNBA DRAFT – ROUND 1
1 Los Angeles — Nnemkadi Ogwumike
2 Seattle — Shekinna Stricklen
3 Minnesota — Devereaux Peters
4 Tulsa — Glory Johnson
5 San Antonio — Shenise Johnson
6 Phoenix — Samantha Prahalis

A quick update on top 6 draft picks in this year’s 2012 WNBA draft and how they might factor into their respective teams this season.

1. Nnemkadi Ogwumike: The consensus top player on every team’s draft board moves down the California coast from Silicon Valley to Hollywood. Although WNBA training camps are brief, Candace Parker has already declared Ogwumike “one of the most athletic players I’ve played with or against in my entire career.” After the Sparks preseason game against Japan coach Carol Ross said, “Nneka is playing with a lot of energy and really uses her athleticism. She brings a real spark to the team.” This new Spark has now lead them in scoring in 2 of their 3 preseason games and logged the most game minutes. If she’s not starting by mid season I’d still imagine Ogwumike logging starters minutes and being on the floor in crunch time very early in the season.

2. Shekinna Stricklen: After missing the Storm’s first preseason game due to her commencement ceremony at the University of Tennesee, Stricklen came back to score a game high 15 points and play a game high 30 min in the Storm’s win over Los Angeles in their 2nd preseason game. While Stricklen won’t have the impact of Ogwumike, she will be expected to contribute right away with a very different Seattle roster this season. Don’t count out what playing for coach Brian Agler and with PG Sue Bird can do for a young player like Stricklen. Read more »

The Silver Stars look to bounce back at home against the Seattle Storm

July 14, 2011 9:01am
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San Antonio started the season better than anyone could have imagined. They were getting quality minutes from their bench and rookies, as well as stars Becky Hammon and Sopia Young leading the way. Suddenly after a 7-1 start, the Silver Stars are looking at a 3 game slide.

Terrence Thomas’ article shares some insight into the current psyche of the Silver Stars players. “It’s not the end of the world,” said Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins. “We still have a lot of basketball to play. We’ve just got to bounce back. (Today) we’ll worry about Seattle, so we don’t have much time to fix anything, but we have to come into practice determined and just go to work.”

Meanwhile the Storm have been great at home but still will have to overcome their struggles on the road, playing without Lauren Jackson for possibly the rest of the season.

Nate Parham explains how the Storm held the Mystics without a single 2nd-chance point in Tuesday’s game. This article gives some insight on why this Storm team might be turning the corner.  ”The Storm showed the type of consistent intensity on the glass that helped hold the league’s best offensive rebounding team to no second-chance points. That alone could be considered a sign that this team is slowly hitting their stride after a slow start.”

WNBA Friday: Links to get you ready for tonight’s game

July 8, 2011 3:03pm
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NEW YORK at SAN ANTONIO

The New York Liberty travel to San Antonio, to take on the Silver Stars in a re-match of New York’s 81-75 victory one week ago. This game will be shown on NBA TV.

Tracey Jucey, of Sports Page Magazine, talks about Essence Carson who has come into her own this season. “Carson is on pace for a breakout season as the Liberty’s most consistent player so far in 2011. Averaging only 3.6 points per game in 2010, her offensive production has more than quadrupled with 14.4 points per game to date.”

One of the many reason for the success of the Silver Stars this season has been the play of their bench. Carolyn Peck, at ESPN W, talks about some of the players who have contributed to San Antonio great start, including rookie Danielle Adams. “After following Adams in the NCAA tournament and watching her lead Texas A&M to a national championship, I have to admit she is a new face who has dramatically captured my attention.”

 

PHOENIX at TULSA

In the other match-up of the night, two teams heading opposite directions will meet for the 1st of their two games in 3 nights, as the Mercury travel to Tulsa to take on the Shock. This game can be seen on Live Access.

Odeen Domingo, of the Arizona Republic, discusses how the Mercury have turned it around after a slow start to the season. Diana Taurasi on the slow start: ”I think in the last few weeks, everyone settled in a little bit, felt a little more comfortable on the court, and knew what we needed from each other to get some wins. Now we just have to continue to work hard and see where it takes us.”

Meanwhile, Tulsa is hoping to turn things around tonight, and one key to a victory is the continued emergence of center Liz Cambage. Jessica Lantz from Swish Appeal talks about the Australian center who ranks in the league’s Top 20 in 24 statistical categories, but has struggled to find her shooting touch. “While her ability to make the bunnies might be a statistical category with room to grow, keep in mind that Cambage is 19 years old. 19. What were you doing when you were 19? Save a very limited few NBA ballers like LeBron James, this is a situation like none other particularly in the women’s game.”

Our chat with SilverStarsNation.com owners STL and HotForHammon

June 8, 2011 4:34pm
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If you are a WNBA fan and specifically a San Antonio Silver Stars fan, than you are familiar with the great work done by SilverStarsNation.com. We had the opportunity to chat with SilverStarsNation’s two owners HotForHammon (HFH) and STL (STLnTDOT) as they shared their thoughts about the upcoming season.

SilverStarsNation.com was originally created to give Silver Stars fans and Becky Hammon fans a place to communicate online. The site has since evolved into a full-blown forum where SilverStarsNation now have live chats during SASS games, an active message board, and interviews with Silver Stars players, coaches, and staff.

The Silver Stars started the season with a convincing 93-73 win over the Tulsa Shock in San Antonio’s home opener Saturday. These two teams meet again this Friday as the Silver Stars travel to Tulsa.

What do you think Dan Hughes learned from watching his team for a year and what would you expect he does differently this time around?

HFH – I think he realized they needed to get some youth and more athletic players. I also think he realized they didn’t have an identity last season. I can already see he is working to re-establish the identity of the team just by the camp coverage. As to what he will do differently, he will have to rely on some of the younger players to play significant minutes.

STL – I think Dan won’t be as passive. Last year’s team was passive and looked lost at times. There was no leadership from coaching, and it seemed like players were coaching each other on the floor instead of looking to their coaches. I also think he realized he had to bring in some younger players.

 

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