Flashback Friday: San Antonio Stars, Danielle Adams Finish 2013 Season on a High Note
The San Antonio Stars perhaps didn’t have the season they would have hoped for at the beginning of the 2013 campaign. After having stars, Sophia Young, Becky Hammon and Danielle Robinson go down with injuries throughout the course of the season; it was always going to be an uphill battle.
But on the final day of the 2013 regular season, the Stars showed exactly what they are capable of, ending the season on a high note and immediately propelling optimism to a new level for the 2014 campaign.
San Antonio was facing an Atlanta Dream squad that finished the season in a playoff spot, checking in at second in the Eastern Conference standings. At this point in the season, the Stars had already been eliminated from playoff contention, but their never-say-die attitude was showcased at the AT&T Center and led by a record-setting performance by Danielle Adams.
The Stars jumped out to a quick lead after the first quarter, taking a 24-20 advantage into the second 10 minutes. Adams scored 14 points in the first quarter alone; setting what would become a familiar trend for the rest of the contest. However, it was in the second quarter, where the Stars began to distance themselves from the playoff-bound Dream. San Antonio outscored Atlanta 31-18 in the second, and took a 55-38 lead into the half. Adams continued her impressive scoring display, grabbing 10 points in the quarter, bringing her total to 24 at halftime alone. Shenise Johnson chipped in with 10 first half points and six assists to help add to the dominance by the Stars in the first 20 minutes.
The second half started just like the first half ended, with the Stars snagging the first points of the quarter thanks to an Adams three-pointer. San Antonio went on to outscore the Dream 20-10 in the third and Adams entered the fourth quarter with 31 points as she approached a new franchise record for points in a single game.
The fourth quarter was not as dominant by the Stars when comparing it to the rest of the game, but they did still outscore Atlanta 22-20 and finished their 2013 season with a 97-68 victory, marking their biggest win of the entire year. Adams added eight points in the fourth quarter, setting a Stars franchise record with 39 points in a single contest. The former Texas A&M star was surprised at the news of the record following the conclusion of the win, but credited her teammates for the assist.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Adams following the game. “It’s a team effort. My teammates found me and I just finished plays. It’s a blessing.”
Aside from the record-breaking performance from Adams, a couple of Stars had very impressive games from an individual standpoint. Shameka Christon added 24 points in the win, and Johnson scored 20 while adding six assists. Jia Perkins also scored in double-figures, adding 10 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
“We said this is our playoff game,” said Stars Head Coach, Dan Hughes after the game. “This is the first game of 2014 for us and it gives us a chance to end the year on a win and talk about what we are going for in that situation.”
“Adams was amazing,” Hughes went on to add. “When we saw what was happening from an injury standpoint [this season], we went to a situation where we wanted to develop our young players. I think she is a great example of it. I think her development was pretty obvious.”
The Stars may not have had the season they desired in 2013, but with key players out for extended periods of time due to injuries, young and promising players were able to get consistent minutes and helped develop their games. Adams is a prime example of this kind of development, and when the experienced key players return from injury in 2014, they will have a promising supporting cast as they prepare to fight for the playoffs.