Silver Stars-Sky Preview
The San Antonio Silver Stars haven't slowed down, even in the midst of a challenging stretch in their schedule.
Playing a fourth straight game on the road, the Silver Stars will try to match their longest winning streak in franchise history as they visit the Chicago Sky on Wednesday.
San Antonio is making its move up the Western Conference standings after a 2-4 start, which included a 77-63 loss to Chicago on May 30. The Silver Stars (11-5), who are two games out of first place, have won seven straight, with their last three victories coming on the road in a four-day span.
They extended the streak - their longest since 2008 - with a 94-81 win at New York on Sunday. Becky Hammon had 23 points and six assists and Jia Perkins scored a season-high 24 points, shooting 10 of 17.
"My teammates do a good job of penetrating and finding the open players," Perkins said. "When we have a lineup in with Danielle (Adams), me, Shameka (Christon) and Becky, it's hard to guard that because we space so well and have a lot of 3-point shooters. It's just up to us to knock them down when the opportunity presents itself."
The Silver Stars went 11 of 29 from beyond the arc.
It was the fourth time during the winning streak San Antonio topped 90 points. It averages 82.8 points - third-most in the WNBA.
The Silver Stars have a chance to match their franchise's longest winning streak, set July 24-Aug. 7, 2001, against a slumping Sky team which has lost six of seven.
They have lost their last two, including an 88-86 overtime defeat at Indiana on Saturday.
Sylvia Fowles finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds while Shay Murphy added 20 points. Chicago (8-7) attempted fewer foul shots (22) than the Fever made (28) and also committed 27 turnovers, matching a season high.
"It's tough when Indiana goes to the line 38 times and only one foul in 10 minutes," coach Pokey Chatman said. "We had the opportunities and we didn't take advantage of it."
Chicago continues to struggle without leading scorer Epiphanny Prince, who suffered a broken right foot June 16 while the team was off to its best start in franchise history.
However, it was Fowles who was key in the Sky's win over the Silver Stars in May, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds, as San Antonio had little size to defend the 6-foot-6 Fowles.
"Fowles is about as good as it gets at that position," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "We weren't strong enough."