(7th in West)
(10th overall, 5th in West)
2364 (11th overall, 7th
-5.1 (13th overall, 7th in West)
Winners & Honorees
Rd. 2 - 21, Cindy Dallas
Rd. 3 - 34, Toccara Williams
Two out of eight years
in Western Conference Finals
What Went Right?
The Silver Stars came
out of the gates sprinting, winning three of their first four games. Of course,
they only won six games the rest of the season, indicating they clearly need help
in a number of areas. A bright spot for the Silver Stars the play of second-year
player LaToya Thomas, finishing the 2004 season ranked fourth in the WNBA in field
goal percentage (48.9%) and 13th in free throw percentage (84.1%). Thomas has
the potential to be an All-Star if she continues to improve in the post and the
Silver Stars win a few more games in 2005.
The team suffered a huge blow on July 2 when All-Star guard Marie Ferdinand
dislocated her right elbow at Los Angeles and ended up missing the rest of the
season. However her absence gave Agnieszka Bibrzycka
a chance to step in. She
averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists in nine games as a starter. Bibrzycka missed
much of training camp and some time after the Olympic break, so a full season
in Texas could be a huge lift for the team.
Aside from Thomas and her 14.2 ppg, the Silver Stars
lacked a consistent second scoring threat., but it was clearly not enough. The
team's only other legitimate scoring threat, Adrienne Goodson, proved she can
still hang, but she was the fourth oldest player in the league in 2004. The retirement
of Semeka Randall, who left the WNBA to coach at Michigan State, leaves a spot
to fill while Olympic point guard Shannon Johnson's offensive production dropped
in 2004, tallying 4.4 assists per game and a career-low 9.3 points per game.
Margo Dydek became just the fifth player in league history to pull down 1,500
rebounds in her career and is known for her shot blocking ability, but she was
in and out of the starting lineup and often seemed out of place in now-departed
Coach Dee Brown's system. Midway through the season the Stars traded for 2003
All-Star Adrian Williams to strengthen the post and add depth to their bench,
but the San Antonio reserves only averaged 14.2 points per game.
G- Shannon Johnson
G- Marie Ferdinand
F- LaToya Thomas
C- Margo Dydek
Key 2004 Reserves
Ahead To 2005:
When will center Margo Dydek realize she is bigger than everyone else
and really use her size to her advantage. Will a full season playing with Bibrzycka,
her Polish teammate, allow her to realize her potential? Can Marie Ferdinand recover
from her injury and regain her All-Star form?
Despite having the worst record
in the league, luck was not in the Silver Stars' favor when the ping pong balls
were drawn at the 2005 WNBA Draft Lottery, but whoever San Antonio gets with that
pick should come in and get the opportunity to make an immediate impact.