Moriah Jefferson brings the ‘mojo’ in win over Fever

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 30: Moriah Jefferson
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 30: Moriah Jefferson /

There will be no San Antonio Stars players at this year’s All-Star Game, but they were shining in highlight reels in an 85-61 win over the Indiana Fever Thursday night at AT&T Center.

San Antonio’s crop of young talent dazzled the home crowd, and even themselves. The scene-stealing moment of the game took place midway through the first quarter. Pushing the ball in transition, Moriah Jefferson sensed an incoming Briann January on the way to the rim. Jefferson applied a killer fake-out, spinning around her pivot foot for an uncontested lay-up.

The reaction from Nia Coffey and Shay Murphy on the bench was pure gold.

Jefferson had 11 points and 8 assists in the game, including this dime to Isabelle Harrison in the first quarter. Harrison took the feed and muscled her way inside for a more conventional bucket. The second-year forward from Tennessee picked up 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Kelsey Plum joined the action with her best performance of the season. The first overall pick from this year’s draft had a season-high 16 points and 6 assists, including a runner to beat the shot clock in the fourth quarter.

Plum is seeing more minutes since San Antonio traded Monique Currie to Phoenix a few weeks ago. She still has work to do to get in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, but her progress is promising, scoring double-figures in four of the last six games.

The only thing missing in San Antonio’s runaway win was Kayla McBride, who is still recovering from an ankle injury. However, the trio of Harrison, Jefferson and Plum gave the Stars an uplifting exhibition.