Sun-Silver Stars Preview
Hammon and the Silver Stars look to avoid a seventh consecutive defeat when they host the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.
Two days after missing all eight shots and failing to score at WNBA-leading Minnesota, Hammon - first on the team and tied for 11th in the league with 15.3 points per game - recorded nine on 1-of-12 shooting as San Antonio (13-15) lost 72-61 on Sunday to conclude a home-and-home set with the Lynx.
Hammon has scored 8.2 points per game over her last five while shooting 22.2 percent from the floor.
Since defeating Connecticut 72-59 on Aug. 11, the Silver Stars have dropped six straight while averaging 68.0 points - 8.8 less than their season mark. They haven't lost seven in a row since closing the 2005 season on a franchise record-tying nine-game skid.
Despite the recent struggles, Hammon remains confident in San Antonio's ability to turn things around.
"We've been through a rough patch, no doubt. I think we just have to find a way to get there mentally," she said. "Everybody's tired at this point in the season. ... We're gonna get the monkey off our back, we just have to stay strong in our belief, in yourself and in one another.
"These things happen in professional sports, but we're gonna get back on track on Tuesday."
San Antonio continues to cling to the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, sitting 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles.
"I mean, big-picture situation, our season is to be determined," coach Dan Hughes said. "They have ownership in that. It's not an easy thing. You're fighting some momentum that's going the other way. The only way you make a change is by yourself and taking ownership of it and going forward."
While the Sun (18-11) have all but locked up a postseason berth in the East for the first in three seasons, they're coming off an unlikely defeat, 83-72 at league-worst Tulsa on Sunday.
Tina Charles posted her 19th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but she was held scoreless in the fourth quarter as Connecticut suffered its third straight road loss.
The Sun, who find themselves 1 1/2 games behind East-leading Indiana, host the Fever on Friday night.