The San Antonio Stars are focused on accentuating the positive despite languishing at the bottom of the WNBA pack for most of the season.
That positivity was put to the test on Wednesday when the Stars beat the Washington Mystics 77-70 in San Antonio's first game without star guard Kayla McBride, who was lost for the rest of the campaign to a fractured right foot.
Now the Stars will turn their attention toward building a winning streak. San Antonio hosts the Seattle Storm, a team that they've already defeated this year, on Friday.
The Stars (5-13) have not won consecutive games this season but have captured three of their past five outings.
Instead of wallowing in the loss of McBride, San Antonio used season-high scoring performances from Monique Currie (20 points) and Dearica Hamby (18 points) to surprise the Mystics (9-10).
"Everybody just stepped in up tonight and contributed," Currie said. "We are all capable players and it showed. Losing Kayla gives other people an opportunity. This is a huge confidence booster for us. We might not have won a game like this earlier in the season, but we've grown as a team."
Seattle (6-12) heads to San Antonio for the final game of a three-road trip and after a 78-74 loss at New York on Wednesday. The Storm has dropped their past three contests and is just a game ahead of San Antonio in the Western Conference standings.
Rookie forward Breanna Stewart led Seattle against New York with 24 points and 16 rebounds, recording her second-straight double-double and the seventh in her career. It is the eighth game she has recorded double-digit rebounds in her career.
Seattle shot just 5-of-19 and scored only 11 points in the first quarter, the team's lowest scoring output in the opening period this season.