(6th in West)
2215 (13th overall, 6th in West)
2427 (12th overall, 6th in West)
-6.2 (14th overall, 7th in West)
90.3 (13th overall, 6th in West)
99.6 (10th overall, 7th in West)
Possessions per 40 min.
71.9, (3rd overall, 2nd in West)
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Award Winners & Honorees
2003 Draft Recap
Rd. 1 – 11, Coretta Brown
Rd. 2 – 26, Ke-Ke Tardy
Rd. 3 – 40, Brooke Armistead
Two out of seven years
2002, lost in Western Conference Finals
2003 In Review:
What Went Right?
Although they found themselves out of the playoff hunt early last season, San Antonio split its final 12 games after Shell Daily took over as interim head coach, and played the role of spoiler to a 'T'. Their last six wins – two over Seattle and Los Angeles and one each over Cleveland and Houston – all impacted the playoff races in some manner.
The Silver Stars allowed opponents to connect on just 39.8 percent of their field goal attempts (lowest in the league) and 30.9 percent of their three-pointers (second lowest). San Antonio also led the league in blocked shots with 167.
Margo Dydek was elected to her first All-Star team, and Marie Ferdinand made her second appearance in the league’s summer classic. Dydek led the WNBA in blocked shots for the sixth year in a row.
What Went Wrong?
After a convincing win over the Seattle Storm to open the 2003 season, San Antonio lost four in a row and 16 of its next 21 games, effectively ending the season before it began.
A starting five made up of three current and former All Stars Ferdinand, Dydek and Adrienne Goodson, as well as the league’s career leader in three-point shooting percentage in Jennifer Azzi, produced the second worst offense in the WNBA last season. As a team, the Silver Stars hit just 38.3 percent of their field goal attempts and 29.5 percent of their three-point field goals.
San Antonio’s defense forced the fewest turnovers per possession in the league last season which was enough to offset an otherwise good defense. That deficiency pushed the Silver Stars’ Defensive Efficiency Rating to 10th in the league.
| Dee Brown|
|2003 Starting Line-up|
|Key 2003 Reserves|
|F||LaToya Thomas (DD)|
|G||Shannon Johnson (trade)|
|G||Erica Lavell Dailey Jr. (birth)|
Looking Ahead To 2004:
The San Antonio Silver Stars have never been good defensively. Actually, they’ve never been close to a good defensive team, but from 1999-2002, they had a good enough offense that they could get away with it and still contend for a playoff position. The offense crumbled last season, and question number one for new head coach Dee Brown is how to fix the offense.
Is Shannon Johnson the answer on offense? Brown may have the solution to his offensive problem already on the roster. “Pee Wee” came to San Antonio via on offseason trade, but the Silver Stars had to give up the fourth overall pick in the draft to pry the 29-year-old Team USA member away from the Connecticut Sun.
Can anybody help off the bench? Another unfortunate San Antonio trademark has been its inability to get any production out of its bench. Two years ago in Utah, Starzz starters played just over 80 percent of the teams minutes – most in the league – when the league average was just under 68 percent. They changed that in some of 2003, but still rode their starters through 75 percent of the team’s minutes. The minutes they did give to the bench were not particularly useful from an offensive standpoint – Sylvia Crawley, 564 min., .385 FG%; Semeka Randall, 339 min. .356 FG%; LaTonya Johnson, 279 min., .254 FG%; Tausha Mills, 185 min., .408 FG%; Tai Dillard, 168 min., .246 FG%; LaQuanda Quick, 168 min., .266 FG%.