Despite owning the WNBA’s two worst records, the playoffs remain a realistic possibility for both the San Antonio Stars and Seattle Storm.
The last-place Storm hope to take advantage of the rest of a lengthy homestand starting Sunday with the first of two in that stretch against a San Antonio team that has yet to win on the road.
Though it resides at the bottom of the Western Conference, Seattle (6-19) still sits only two games back of fourth-place Los Angeles. San Antonio (7-17) is a half-game behind the Sparks and will face them twice in the next two weeks.
The Stars can aid their cause with another win over a struggling Seattle squad they’ve bested twice this season, though both wins came in San Antonio. The Stars are 0-12 on the road and have dropped 15 of 16 as the visitor dating back to last season.
San Antonio has split its last four with the Storm in Seattle and dealt them an 88-81 loss on Aug. 8 — the Stars’ lone victory in their past six outings. Jia Perkins led the way with a season-high 32 points and Kayla McBride had 20 while hitting 6 of 9 attempts from 3-point range.
"We match up very well with them," forward Dearica Hamby told the Stars’ official website. "We as a team expect to do the things that have been successful in the past against Seattle."
McBride has particularly fared well against the Storm, amassing 43 points in the two prior meetings. The second-year guard is averaging 20.7 points and shot a scorching 65 percent (13 of 20) from beyond the arc over her last three overall games.
Perkins is averaging 21.8 points in the past five, though she ended 4 of 17 from the field in a 15-point effort during Tuesday’s 83-76 loss at West-leading Minnesota.
Seattle will play the second of six straight at home, a stretch that began with Friday’s 94-84 loss to Chicago that dropped the Storm to 1-7 over their last eight.
Reserve center Markeisha Gatling was one bright spot in Seattle’s latest defeat, with the early-season waiver pickup totaling a career-high 16 points in 12 minutes.
"(The offense) is kind of complicated at times so it took me a little time to get into it, but I knew once I got it, it would be a good fit," Gatling told the Storm’s official website.
Crystal Langhorne had 13 points in the loss and has been a handful for the Stars to deal with this season. The veteran forward is 20 of 22 from the field while compiling 47 points in the two previous meetings, highlighted by a season-high 29 in the most recent one.
The teams play again in Seattle on Aug. 28.