(Tribune illustration / April 24, 2012)

The only good news for the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night came from their sidelined WNBA All-Star.

Guard/forward Elena Delle Donne told ESPN2 viewers during the third quarter of the Sky's 92-74 road loss to the San Antonio Stars that she might be able to return for Thursday night's home game against the New York Liberty.

The return of Delle Donne, who missed the past 17 games with a recurrence of Lyme disease, can't happen fast enough for Chicago (10-16). The Sky miss her 21 points per game, as they are 5-12 without the 6-foot-5 Delaware product. Chicago trails New York by 1 1/2 games for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Poor defense doomed Chicago against the Stars (13-14). San Antonio canned 50.7 percent of its field-goal attempts and drew assists on 27 of its 38 buckets.

Forward/guard Kayla McBride led a balanced San Antonio attack with 16 points, while forward Danielle Adams came off the bench to score 14. Forward Sophia Young-Malcolm and reserve guard Jia Perkins added 12 points each, while guard Shenise Johnson scored 11 off the bench. The Stars enjoyed a 45-6 advantage in bench scoring.

Sky guard Epiphanny Prince scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the first half. Guard Jamierra Faulkner added 19, and center Sylvia Fowles tallied 14 points, 10 after halftime.

After a first quarter that featured six ties and three lead changes, the Stars took command in the second, expanding a 27-24 edge to 48-37 at halftime. Fowles' layup drew the Sky within 56-48 with 6:38 left in the third quarter, but San Antonio went on a 10-2 run and never looked back.