The San Antonio Stars are enjoying their longest road win streak in two seasons.
The Connecticut Sun are seeking to win six straight at home for the first time in three seasons.
One of those streaks will continue and one will move over the .500 mark in Tuesday night’s matchup between these 8-8 teams.
San Antonio extended its road win streak to four with Sunday’s 73-65 victory over Washington. The Stars’ last longer such run was a seven-game streak June 24-Aug. 19, 2012.
Connecticut seeks to avoid a third straight defeat as it returns home after Sunday’s 67-65 loss at New York. The Sun can record their first six-game home win streak since Aug. 13-Sept. 11, 2011.
There is no word on whether San Antonio guard Jia Perkins will play after she sat out Sunday with a strained right hamstring.
With Perkins out, Becky Hammon stepped up with season highs of four 3-pointers and 17 points to key the win. Hammon reached double digits in points for the fifth time in 14 games.
”That’s Becky Hammon being a leader,” coach Dan Hughes said. ”That’s Becky saying you know what, we’re going to miss Jia, but here I come.”
San Antonio leads the WNBA in 3-point shooting at 39.1 percent, with Hammon tops in the league at 53.1.
The Stars enjoyed a rare strong defensive effort by limiting the Mystics to 38.1 percent shooting. San Antonio is last in the WNBA in defensive field-goal percentage at 48.2.
”I thought we played really smart for the most part," Hammon said. "Our zone kind of messed them up a little bit.”
San Antonio will get its first look at Connecticut’s Chiney Ogwumike. The top overall draft pick leads all rookies with six double-doubles – which ties her for second in the league.
Ogwumike had 22 points and a season-best 17 rebounds Sunday. The Sun nearly rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
”We had the perfect comeback being written and we tore out the last page,” Ogwumike said. ”At least we clawed our way back.”
Katie Douglas will look to recover after she made 1 of 12 shots for three points. Douglas averaged 18.3 points over her three previous games.
The Stars have dropped seven of 10 visits to Connecticut. Danielle Adams averaged 17.0 points as these teams split two meetings a year ago with Hammon missing both contests.