Shock-Stars Preview

After falling short in their bid to win three in a row for the first time in two years, the San Antonio Stars hope to bounce back against the WNBA’s only winless team.

Jia Perkins already helped the Stars beat Skylar Diggins and the Tulsa Shock earlier this month, and she’ll look to continue her run of strong play in this series Wednesday night in San Antonio.

The Stars (2-2) rallied late to defeat visiting Tulsa 80-76 on May 17 before winning 78-74 at Phoenix on Friday, putting themselves in position for their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2012.

San Antonio, however, lost 83-62 in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Stars came back from an early 16-point hole to take the lead in the second quarter, but were outscored 22-8 in the fourth.

"There’s going to be runs in the game, but we had to exert a lot of energy to get ourselves back into that game, and I think it showed up in the fourth quarter," coach Dan Hughes said.

Perkins had 17 points but was the only San Antonio player in double figures. She’s averaged 16.7 points in the last three games despite coming off the bench in the past two after Becky Hammon’s return from injury.

Danielle Robinson is hoping to regain her shooting stroke, making just 3 of 9 shots for eight points Sunday after averaging 18.0 on 21-of-32 shooting in the first three contests. She finished with 17 points in the first meeting with the Shock (0-2), who are looking to avoid their fourth consecutive 0-3 start.

Perkins also played a key role with a team-high 20 points, including two 3-pointers in the final 45 seconds, as the Stars prevailed in a contest that had six lead changes in the final three minutes. Perkins has scored 20.0 per game while hitting 8 of 12 from 3-point range in her last three against the Shock.

Diggins had a promising season debut against the Stars with 20 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals but missed 13 of 17 from the field. She averaged 8.5 points on 32.8 percent shooting in a disappointing 2013 rookie season.

Diggins also nearly led Tulsa to an upset of defending champion Minnesota on Friday, but her potential game-winner fell short at the buzzer in a 94-93 home loss. She finished with 21 points for Shock, who had erased a 16-point deficit.

"We don’t have moral victories here, we wanted to win the basketball game," said Diggins, who has totaled 40 points in her last two versus San Antonio.

Tulsa’s Riquna Williams had a league-record 51 points in a 98-65 rout at San Antonio on Sept. 9, but scored only four on 2-of-8 shooting there this month and shot 3 of 14 for 10 points Friday.