Silver Stars-Lynx Preview
The Minnesota Lynx headed into the All-Star break with a league-best win streak and their franchise-record run at home still intact, but they remain far from content entering the second half of the season.
The Lynx will seek an eighth consecutive victory and their 17th in a row at home in Friday night's matchup with the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Minnesota's 14-3 record to end the first half topped its 13-4 mark from each of the past two seasons. The Lynx wrapped up those campaigns with 27 wins, one shy of the league record, and reached the WNBA finals both times.
"I've got a group that's been here before," coach Cheryl Reeve told the team's website. "We understand that it's simply the halfway point in the season. We haven't done anything. Our goals are intact."
With a victory Friday, Minnesota will grab sole possession of the third-longest home win streak in league history. Los Angeles won 28 straight from 2000-02, and Seattle took 18 in a row from 2010-11.
The Lynx also can secure the fourth-longest overall win streak in franchise history. They've had runs of nine, 11 and 13 consecutive victories over the previous two seasons.
"We've got ourselves off to a good start," said forward Maya Moore, one of Minnesota's four All-Stars. "We need to go out every night knowing that we are going to get every team's best shot and this season is far from over."
Moore's team now goes for a third win in as many meetings with the Silver Stars this season and seventh straight against them at home.
While the Lynx have the WNBA's best record, San Antonio (6-12) is fifth in the Western Conference and outside the playoff picture. The Silver Stars have struggled for much of this season with stars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young injured, but they enter Friday seeking a season-high third straight win.
"It's pleasing for me to see that we put a couple of games together to end this (season's first half); now we have got to build on that," coach Dan Hughes said after earning his 200th win with a 65-53 victory over New York last Thursday.
Hughes' club has given up 53 points or fewer in each of its past two wins - both at home - after allowing 80 or more in 11 of 12 contests. That 12-game stretch began with an 87-72 loss in Minnesota on June 11 and ended with an 87-71 home defeat to the Lynx on July 19.
Lindsay Whalen led Minnesota in scoring in both matchups, averaging 22.0 points on 60.0 percent shooting. The All-Star guard is averaging 19.4 points in her last 10 games overall, and her 16.2 per game this season trails Moore's 16.4 for the team lead.
San Antonio, which hosts the Lynx on Tuesday, is 2-7 on the road.