Sun-Silver Stars Preview
The Connecticut Sun haven't earned too many wins lately, but they managed to get past the San Antonio Silver Stars last weekend.
After dropping the opener of their three-game road trip, the Sun will try to bounce back with a fourth consecutive victory over the scuffling Silver Stars on Saturday night.
Connecticut (4-10) scored its fewest points this season in its 10th loss in 13 games, 64-58 to Tulsa on Friday. The Sun shot 29.2 percent and were 4 of 16 from 3-point range in falling to 1-5 on the road.
Tina Charles missed 11 of her 13 shots en route to scoring just seven points, matching her lowest output this season.
"They made it tough on Tina inside," coach Anne Donovan said. "We did not support her from the perimeter."
Connecticut had one of its best offensive performances in an 86-84 comeback win over San Antonio on Sunday. The Sun trailed by eight with 7:39 remaining before going on a 17-4 run.
Allison Hightower had 10 of her career-best 23 points in the final seven minutes, while Charles scored eight of her 20.
The Sun will have a little more depth for this matchup as Renee Montgomery and Tan White returned from injuries.
San Antonio (4-12) has dropped 11 of 13 and a season high-tying four straight, losing 87-71 to Minnesota on Friday. The Silver Stars gave up at least 80 points for the eighth consecutive time while suffering their fourth home loss in a row.
With top players Becky Hammon and Sophia Young out for the season because of knee injuries, San Antonio can hardly afford such defensive lapses. The Silver Stars might also be without DeLisha Milton-Jones, who hurt her right knee late in the first half Friday.
The veteran forward was seen on crutches after the game.
"It's a major struggle. I honestly don't even know what to say. We just have to come together as a team and keep believing," said guard Jia Perkins, who had a season-high 23 points Sunday.
Even with Hammon and Young in the lineup, the Silver Stars fell 84-73 to the Sun on Aug. 30 for their first home loss in the series in three years. Connecticut shot 36.4 percent but had five players score in double figures, with Charles leading the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds.