The Minnesota Lynx are on the prowl for a completion of a Texas two-step when they head to San Antonio on Tuesday for a road matchup with the struggling and shorthanded Stars.
On paper, the game looks like a severe mismatch. After all the Lynx (16-4) are the defending WNBA champions and one of the league's best teams this season while San Antonio (5-15) is languishing in last place in the Western Conference.
The Lynx have stumbled over their past 10 games, going 6-4 in that stretch after starting the season with 10 consecutive victories. Included in the recent swoon was Thursday's 93-89 overtime loss to Connecticut, which (like San Antonio) has just five wins in 2016.
Minnesota showed a return to dominance Sunday with 37-point victory against Dallas in which it outscored the Wings 40-4 in a stretch from mid-first quarter to mid-second.
“The mission (against Dallas) was not just to be good, or good enough, but to be great,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We took that message and applied it in just about every facet of the game.”
Lindsay Whalen scored a season-high 22 points in the win, which saw five Minnesota players in double-figure scoring and the Lynx outrebounding Dallas 51-25.
On Thursday in the loss to the Sun, Whalen became the first player in WNBA history to reach 5,000 points, 2,000 assists and 1,500 rebounds.
“I guess it means that I've been playing a long time,” Whalen said. “It's pretty cool.”
San Antonio has lost its past two outings, including a 10-point road defeat at the hands of the New York Liberty on Sunday. Monique Currie led the Stars in New York with 17 points, while Sydney Colson scored a career-high 12. San Antonio has lost eight of its past 11 games.
The Stars will be playing their fourth straight game without the services of leading scorer Kayla McBride, who broke her right foot last week and is out for the season.
The Lynx handed San Antonio a 91-68 defeat on July 2 in Minneapolis in the two team's first matchup.