Wings-Stars preview

BY foxsports • September 8, 2016

Pride and bragging rights.

That's what's on the line when the Dallas Wings and San Antonio Stars hook up on Friday night at San Antonio.

The Wings (9-21) have lost 11 straight and the Stars are 1-9 in their past 10 games. The Stars have the worst record in the league and have struggled (understatement) since leading scorer Kayla McBride was injured and lost for the season in early July.

The Stars almost earned their seventh win of the season on Tuesday -- almost. Indiana converted 27 of 30 free throws (the Stars made all 19 of their attempts) and hung on to win, 72-69.

Likewise, the Wings almost ended their losing skid on Sunday -- almost. In a game that saw 11 lead changes and no lead greater than seven points, Washington beat back every charge the Wings made to claim a five-point win.

Odyssey Sims had a chance to tie the score with eight seconds left, but her jumper was blocked.

Dallas has won both meetings with the Stars this season. On May 21, Sims scored 23 points in an 82-77 win.

Then on June 23, the Stars took Dallas into overtime before falling, 97-90.

The Wings' next victory will be head coach Fred Williams' 100th, but if it comes this year, Dallas will have to earn it without Glory Johnson. Johnson played only seven minutes against the Mystics before injuring her left MCL.

Aerial Powers came off the bench and scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. She will get the lion's share of time that Johnson would have seen.

Friday's game will be a homecoming for Moriah Jefferson, a Dallas native and the Stars' second-leading scorer at 12.6 points per game. She also averages 4.0 assists

Despite not playing since July, McBride still leads the team in scoring at 17.1 ppg.

Dallas closes out its home slate on Sunday when it plays host to the New York Liberty.

The Minnesota Lynx head to San Antonio for a Sunday game between the league's best and worst teams.