San Antonio Silver Stars


2007 Record
20-14, .588 (2nd in West)

Points Scored
74.0 ppg (Tied-9th overall, 6th in West)
Points Allowed
73.1 ppg (3rd overall, 2nd in West)
Rebounds Per Game
32.0 rpg (12th overall, 7th in West)

Head Coach
Dan Hughes

2007 Starting Lineup
G: Becky Hammon, Marie Ferdinand-Harris
F: Vickie Johnson, Sophia Young
C: Ruth Riley

2007 Key Reserves
Erin Buescher
Helen Darling
Shanna Crossley
Camille Little

2007 Draft Recap
Rd. 1 - 2: Jessica Davenport (traded to N.Y.)
Rd. 2 - 17: Camille Little
Rd. 3 - 30: Nare Diawara

2008 Key Additions
None

2008 Key Losses
Chantelle Anderson
Marie Ferdinand-Harris

Playoff History
Three out of 11 years
Last Appearance
2007, Lost in Conference Finals

SEASON RECAP

San Antonio entered 2007 with a new-look team that consisted of a mix of proven veterans and promising young talent, and the two generations played well as one to become a force to be reckoned with in the West. Leading the way for the Silver Stars was All-Star point guard Becky Hammon, who the team received from New York in trade that sent Jessica Davenport to the Liberty on the day of last yearís draft. While the team was hit with injuries to key players (Erin Buescher and Hammon), it didnít skip a beat under Coach of the Year Dan Hughes and finished the regular season with a 20-14 record.

Following a first-round defeat of Sacramento, San Antonioís playoff run ended in the conference finals when it collided with eventual champ Phoenix.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

In her first season in San Antonio, Hammon gave life to team that hadnít made the postseason since it had moved from Utah. She contended for the MVP Award (which ultimately went to Seattleís Lauren Jackson) all season as she averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game and led the league in assists with 5.0 dimes.

The teamís other superstar, forward Sophia Young, gave teams fits in the paint with her quickness and leaping ability. She averaged 16.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg and raised her game even higher in the postseason.

Fellow sophomore Shanna Crossley proved to be one of the most dangerous three-point shooters in the league, as well as one of the best reserves. She shot 41 percent from beyond the arc and helped the team to the second highest three-point field goal percentage in the league (37 percent).

The Silver Stars also did it on defense, holding teams to an average 73.1 points per game -- third-best in the league. Ruth Riley averaged 1.97 blocks in her first season with San Antonio and trailed only Connecticutís Margo Dydek for the league lead.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Despite possessing one of the best rebounders in the game in Young, San Antonio averaged just 32 boards per contest, the second-lowest rebounding average in the league. However, that was probably a side effect of Coach Hughesí up-tempo approach on offense.

Outside of the team's rebounding woes, its biggest obstacle in the 2007 season was the injury bug. Several players were sidelined during the season, including Hammon, Buescher, Chantelle Anderson and Vickie Johnson. Even Coach Hughes missed some games due to an Achilles injury. As a result, the team struggled with consistency and was forced to change their lineup multiple times in order to adapt to the ever-changing active roster.

FUTURE/NEEDS

The majority of San Antonioís key players have been acquired over the past two seasons, meaning the group they had last year will only getter better with more experience playing together.

The shake-up that occurred prior to last season has been replaced by stability, as during the off-season Hammon signed an extension with Silver Stars and Johnson, Darling and Riley all re-upped.

San Antonio only lost a pair of players from last yearís roster, with Chantelle Anderson being picked up in the Atlanta Dream expansion draft and Marie Ferdinand-Harris -- the only Silver Stars player left who had played on the Utah Starzz team -- signing with the L.A.

As for the draft, the Silver Stars will likely look to select post players who will compliment Young and Riley. Unfortunately, impact players may be hard to come by for the Silver Stars, who are without a first-round pick. The teamís first selection doesnít occur until No. 21 overall, and its only other pick follows at No. 39.