Gameday Preview: Stars @ Shock - 5/2/14
Stars tip off 2014 preseason in Tulsa
The San Antonio Stars will finally get their 2014 preseason underway after a long offseason. San Antonio will tip off against the Tulsa Shock on May 2 at 11:30 a.m. in their first test as a group for the upcoming WNBA season.
The Stars added some quality pieces during the past offseason, but perhaps the most important news on the eve of their preseason opener, is the fact that their team is intact and healthy. With the early season injuries to Sophia Young and Becky Hammon last year, Stars head coach, Dan Hughes can already take a few positives from the first week of training camp because of his healthy squad.
The first week of camp has gone smoothly and competition for roster spots is heating up by the day. The game against the Shock on May 2 will be the first real chance some of the young players have to show their abilities to play in the best women’s basketball league in the world. The Stars’ 2014 first round pick, Kayla McBride, could potentially line up against Tulsa’s first rounder, Odyssey Sims in what would make for an exciting preseason matchup.
2013 vs. Tulsa
The Stars went 2-2 against the Shock last season, winning one home and one road game over the course of the season. In the victories, the Stars held Tulsa to only 65 points in each contest, while outscoring them 143-130 overall. San Antonio is 14-4 all-time in regular season matchups with the Shock since they moved to Tulsa.
Young guns looking to impress
Aside from McBride, the Stars have some young, hungry players in camp including third round pick Bri Kulas and training camp invites Whitney Hand-Jones, Carolyn Davis, Karla Gilbert, Heather Butler and San Antonio native Jessica Kuster. These young players will look to impress in their first game for the Stars as some of them fight for a roster spot. With the WNBA expanding team rosters to allow for 12 players, the training camp invites will have their hopes boosted of making the cut.
Reinforcements on their way
Of their entire roster, the Stars are only missing Kayla Alexander and Danielle Robinson so far in camp as they await their arrivals from overseas. Alexander spent the offseason playing for Energy Ivanovo in Russia and leading the club to the playoffs. Robinson has been preparing for the WNBA season by playing for USK Praha in the Czech Republic and her European season is winding down.
Back home next week
The Stars return home following their preseason game with Tulsa and will take on the Shock once again on May 6 at the AT&T Center. The St Philips College School Day Game will tip off at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling a Stars sales representative at (210) 444-5090.