Coming off their highest-scoring effort in nearly three years, and now possibly motivated by their city’s NBA title, the San Antonio Stars are out to avenge their latest defeat.
Less than a week after falling at home to Seattle, the Stars visit the Storm on Thursday night looking to string together back-to-back wins and get back to .500.
San Antonio (5-6) salvaged a win on a three-game homestand with Saturday’s 101-74 victory over Los Angeles after falling 79-72 to Seattle on Friday. Coach Dan Hughes credited the impressive offensive turnaround to ball movement as his team shot 54.8 percent and went 9 of 15 from 3-point range, its best shooting night of the season.
"When we reviewed the tape upteen times last night, we were spotty (on ball movement)," Hughes said. "We had ball movement and other parts we didn’t. If we are going to be a good basketball team, we’ve got to have it the entire game. We had it the entire game and you see the effect of that."
The Stars also went 24 of 24 from the foul line on their way to their highest regulation scoring output since a 102-91 win over Phoenix on July 28, 2011.
Danielle Robinson scored a season-high 24 points while Kayla McBride went 4 for 4 from 3-point range on her way to 20 points in a bounce-back effort. The rookie had gone 5 for 27 in her previous two contests.
"Thank goodness," McBride said. "I was like, ‘Ah, finally.’ I had been missing so many shots. I worked so hard to get them, so I’m finally hitting them."
San Antonio will now try to perfect things on the defensive end, where it has allowed a league-high 49.6 percent shooting. Seattle (5-8) has shot 54.8 percent in its last two games – Friday’s win over the Stars and Sunday’s 85-79 loss at Tulsa.
Tanisha Wright had a season-high 24 points and has averaged 16.4 in her last five, more than double her career average of 8.0.
Rebounding will likely be at the center of the Storm’s focus after Tulsa posted a 36-23 advantage, including 14-5 on the offensive glass. They have been outrebounded on the offensive end for four straight games by a 47-20 total.
"Giving up second shots gave us trouble and we didn’t guard the pick and roll very well tonight," Seattle coach Brian Agler said. "They put us in rotation and when you go into rotation usually it consists of your post players. When they do that shots go up then you are out of position to block out and that’s what happened tonight."
The loss concluded a 2-2 road trip, and the Storm will now try for a third straight home victory.
Seattle has won five of the last seven meetings and can secure at least a split of the four-game season series with a second victory over the Stars in seven days.