2008 San Antonio Silver Stars season

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2008 San Antonio Silver Stars season
Coach Dan Hughes
Arena AT&T Center
Attendance 7,984 per game
Results
Record 24–10 (.706)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff finish Lost WNBA Finals

The 2008 WNBA season was the 12th season for the San Antonio Silver Stars.

Offseason[edit]

Expansion Draft[edit]

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
2 21
(from NY)
Chioma Nnamaka  Sweden Georgia Tech
3 39 Alex Anderson  United States Chattanooga

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

April 9, 2008[2]
Sign and Trade
To San Antonio Silver Stars
Ann Wauters, the draft rights to Morenike Atunrase, and Atlanta's 2009 second-round draft pick.
To Atlanta Dream
Camille Little, the draft rights to Chioma Nnamaka, and San Antonio's 2009 first-round draft pick.

Free agents[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Brittany Wilkins April 2, 2008 Sacramento Monarchs (2006)
Edwige Lawson-Wade April 28, 2008 Seattle Storm (2006)
Player Left New team
Marie Ferdinand-Harris February 22, 2008 Los Angeles Sparks

Regular season[edit]

Silver Stars guard Shanna Crossley tore the ACL in her left knee during a preseason game against the Detroit Shock. The news was announced by head coach and general manager Dan Hughes on May 14. Crossley injured her knee during San Antonio’s second offensive possession of the game. [3]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
San Antonio Silver Stars x 24 10 .706 15–2 9–8 10–10
Seattle Storm x 22 12 .647 2.0 16–1 6–11 13–7
Los Angeles Sparks x 20 14 .588 4.0 12–5 8–9 12–8
Sacramento Monarchs x 18 16 .529 13–4 5–12 6.0 9–11
Houston Comets o 17 17 .500 7.0 13–4 4–13 10–10
Minnesota Lynx o 16 18 .471 8.0 10–7 6–11 8–12
Phoenix Mercury o 16 18 .471 8.0 9–8 7–10 8–12

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Attendance Record
May 17 @ Sacramento 64-73 Sophia Young (22) 16,225 0-1
May 20 vs. Phoenix 81-76 Sophia Young (25) 9,103 1-1
May 24 vs. Seattle 87-72 Sophia Young (23) 9,767 2-1
May 30 @ Seattle 57-78 Sophia Young (14)
Ann Wauters (14)
6,810 2-2
June 3 @ Houston 72-75 Becky Hammon (20) 7,059 2-3
June 6 vs. Washington 63-52 Becky Hammon (20) 5,800 3-3
June 8 @ Minnesota 78-90 Ann Wauters (24) 5,020 3-4
June 11 vs. Indiana 64-53 Sophia Young (17) 6,262 4-4
June 13 vs. Seattle 74-69 Becky Hammon (17) 6,478 5-4
June 15 @ Indiana 70-60 Ann Wauters (19) 7,412 6-4
June 18 @ Atlanta 81-66 Becky Hammon (25) 6,225 7-4
June 20 vs. Los Angeles 77-75 Ann Wauters (21) 10,221 8-4
June 24 vs. Houston 81-82 (OT) Becky Hammon (25) 7,226 8-5
June 26 @ Houston 71-77 Sophia Young (19) 5,983 8-6
June 28 vs. Minnesota 73-65 Sophia Young (20) 7,513 9-6
July 1 vs. Detroit 79-72 (OT) Sophia Young (27) 5,656 10-6
July 3 vs. Sacramento 68-67 Sophia Young (20) 6,568 11-6
July 6 @ Washington 83-75 Becky Hammon (28) 10,439 12-6
July 8 vs. New York 83-79 Becky Hammon (27) 6,107 13-6
July 10 @ Chicago 75-67 Ann Wauters (23) 3,040 14-6
July 11 vs. Atlanta 82-74 Becky Hammon (26) 10,943 15-6
July 14 @ Los Angeles 62-75 Becky Hammon (21) 11,976 15-7
July 15 @ Phoenix 97-87 Sophia Young (26) 6,451 16-7
July 19 vs. Minnesota 74-87 Becky Hammon (24) 8,614 16-8
July 24 vs. Chicago 78-67 Sophia Young (20) 9,372 17-8
July 25 @ Minnesota 68-78 Sophia Young (21) 7,247 17-9
July 27 @ Detroit 76-64 Becky Hammon (23) 9,537 18-9
August 28 @ Phoenix 77-55 Sophia Young (18) 7,931 19-9
August 30 @ Los Angeles 53-58 Becky Hammon (17) 9,923 19-10
September 5 vs. Los Angeles 76-58 Edwige Lawson-Wade (14) 9,531 20-10
September 7 @ Connecticut 85-73 Becky Hammon (24) 7,956 21-10
September 9 @ New York 82-76 Becky Hammon (30) 7,994 22-10
September 11 vs. Connecticut 78-74 Sophia Young (24) 6,791 23-10
September 13 vs. Sacramento 77-69 Ann Wauters (18) 9,770 24-10

WNBA Playoffs[edit]

Date Opponent Score Leading Scorer Attendance Series
Western Conference Semifinals
September 18 @ Sacramento 85-78 Becky Hammon (30) 7,740 SA leads 1-0
September 20 vs. Sacramento 67-84 Becky Hammon (14) 7,807 Tied 1-1
September 22 vs. Sacramento 86-81 (OT) Sophia Young (27) 4,247 SA wins 2-1
Western Conference Finals
September 25 @ Los Angeles 70-85 Ann Wauters (18) 7,102° LA leads 1-0
September 27 vs. Los Angeles 67-66 Sophia Young (21) 7,715 Tied 1-1
September 28 vs. Los Angeles 76-72 Becky Hammon (35) 7,111 SA wins 2-1
WNBA Finals
October 1 vs. Detroit 69-77 Sophia Young (21) 9,380 DET leads 1-0
October 3 vs. Detroit 61-69 Becky Hammon (24) 16,012 DET leads 2-0
October 5 @ Detroit 60-76 Ann Wauters (19) 8,952^ DET wins 3-0

° Played in the Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
^ Played in the EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI

Player stats[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Becky Hammon 33 33 33.4 .390 .350 .937 2.8 4.9 1.3 0.2 17.6
Sophia Young 33 33 31.9 .478 .000 .786 5.6 2.3 1.6 0.5 17.5
Ann Wauters 32 31 30.6 .533 .355 .714 7.5 1.8 1.1 1.2 14.7
Erin Buescher 34 23 26.7 .427 .431 .771 3.3 1.7 1.1 0.6 7.2
Vickie Johnson 32 32 27.9 .439 .282 .778 5.3 3.6 0.8 0.2 6.7
Ruth Riley 30 3 19.3 .434 .321 .857 3.6 1.0 0.5 1.4 5.1
Helen Darling 31 14 18.7 .268 .200 .789 2.4 1.7 1.1 0.1 3.5
Edwige Lawson-Wade 30 1 9.3 .450 .468 .667 1.0 0.9 0.4 0.0 3.3
Morenike Atunrase 33 0 10.5 .276 .293 .688 1.5 0.7 0.5 0.4 2.2
Sandora Irvin 21 0 5.5 .321 .250 .636 1.7 0.1 0.1 0.2 1.2
Adrianne Ross 4 0 1.8 .000 .000 1.000 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
Brittany Wilkins 1 0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Valeriya Berezhynska 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

San Antonio Silver Stars Regular Season Stats

Postseason[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Becky Hammon 9 9 36.8 .421 .458 .895 2.3 4.6 1.0 0.6 18.1
Sophia Young 9 9 36.1 .456 .000 .750 5.9 1.7 1.6 0.1 17.7
Ann Wauters 9 9 33.3 .444 .083 .889 5.8 1.6 0.7 1.3 13.4
Vickie Johnson 9 9 30.4 .492 .400 .636 4.7 3.1 1.0 0.0 8.3
Erin Buescher 9 8 27.8 .380 .292 .733 2.9 1.7 0.8 0.2 6.2
Edwige Lawson-Wade 5 0 16.8 .318 .467 1.000 2.4 1.8 0.6 0.0 5.0
Ruth Riley 9 1 17.1 .212 .111 .750 2.1 1.1 0.4 0.9 2.0
Helen Darling 6 0 8.8 .385 .286 .000 1.2 0.8 0.5 0.0 2.0
Morenike Atunrase 8 0 5.5 .500 .500 .000 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.1 1.3
Sandora Irvin 3 0 1.3 .333 .000 .000 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.7
Adrianne Ross 2 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brittany Wilkins 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0

San Antonio Silver Stars Playoff Stats

Roster[edit]

San Antonio Silver Stars roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From
G/F 24 United States Atunrase, Morenike 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Texas A&M
SF 7 United States Buescher, Erin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Master's College
SG 5 United States Crossley, Shanna Injured 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Tennessee
PG 30 United States Darling, Helen 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 164 lb (74 kg) Penn State
PG 25 United States Hammon, Becky 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 136 lb (62 kg) Colorado State
PF 50 United States Irvin, Sandora 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Texas Christian
G/F 55 United States Johnson, Vickie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Louisiana Tech
SG 9 France Lawson-Wade, Edwige 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 130 lb (59 kg) France
C 00 United States Riley, Ruth 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Notre Dame
SG 32 United States Ross, Adrianne 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 142 lb (64 kg) Texas Christian
C 12 Belgium Wauters, Ann 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Belgium
C 51 United States Wilkins, Brittany 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Iowa State
PF 33 United States Young, Sophia 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Baylor
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Sophia Young, WNBA Player of the Week (May 17–25)
  • Becky Hammon, WNBA Player of the Week (July 7–13)
  • Ann Wauters, WNBA Player of the Week (September 8–14)
  • Sophia Young, WNBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Vickie Johnson, Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
  • Sophia Young, All-WNBA First Team
  • Becky Hammon, All-WNBA Second Team

References[edit]