Two days off could not have come at a better time for the San Antonio Stars. After falling to the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night, the team raced home, arriving at 2 p.m. only to play again five hours later.
San Antonio (12-14) is coming off a 75-68 loss to the Indiana Fever on Saturday evening. Following the game, head coach Dan Hughes said the late arrival had an effect on his team’s performance.
Saturday’s loss meant that the Tulsa Shock (9-17) are just three games behind the Stars for one of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The Chicago Sky (10-15) enter Tuesday’s matchup with San Antonio a 1/2 game behind the New York Liberty for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, they will be without Elena Delle Donne who has Lyme disease and Courtney Vandersloot with a knee injury.
In Saturday’s loss, the Stars struggled offensively, shooting 37 percent from the floor and made 5-of-20 three-pointers.
The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Indiana Fever on Tuesday, meaning their record now matches the Stars. However, San Antonio holds the season series lead, enough for a slim hold of third place in the Western Conference.
Tuesday’s game will also kick off ‘Pink Week’ for the Stars, who will wear pink jerseys and play on a one-of-a-kind pink court to promote Breast Health Awareness.
The Stars and Sky are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. central from the AT&T Center. The game will be televised on ESPN 2, check back after the game for Stephen Anderson’s postgame report.