The San Antonio Stars return to action tonight agaisnt the Indiana Fever. The Stars will be in search of their second straight win, while the Fever will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Here are three things to watch:
- Will the trio of Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, and Dearica Hamby be able to build off their performances in Tuesday’s win against Seattle?
Facing the Storm, Jefferson set a new career-high in points with 19. Hamby poured in 15 points and 18 rebounds, while McBride scored 18 points to lead the Stars to victory. However, Indiana is typically known for its defensive intensity and currently ranks fourth in the WNBA in steals, scoring may be harder to come by. Therefore, having a balanced offensive attack to space the floor would create open looks for those three.
- How will Tiffany Mitchell perform?
Although a rookie, Mitchell leads the Fever in scoring at 13.4 points per game. During the Fever’s losing streak, Mitchell has had her struggles, so she will be looking to regain her confidence. A pivotal part of the Indiana offense, it will be important to limit her chances on the offensive side. Mitchell also excels at jumping into the passing lane to incercept passes, which lead to fastbreak oppurtunities in the open court. If the Stars are able to defend Mitchell well, San Antonio will be able to stay competitive and possibly win the game.
- Can the Stars play for a full 40 minutes?
Offensively, consistency has been a major issue for the Stars this season. Through nine games, San Antonio is currently averaging 70.7 points per game, ranking last in the WNBA. In order for the Silver and Black to stay in games, the offensive struggles have to be resolved quickly. Haley Peters, Kayla Alexander, and Astou Ndour have made contributions off the bench, however, these performances have not always been consistent. If the Stars are able to piece together a solid 40 minutes on offense, it would ease some of the pressure defensively.
The Fever and Stars tip off at 7 p.m. at the AT&T Center.