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Stars face Storm at home


An improved defense has helped key the San Antonio Stars (11-9) turn things around and they will look to continue struggles on offense for the Seattle Storm (8-13) when the two teams meet Friday night.

The Stars have won four of their last five games while holding opponents to 72.6 points per game. They had allowed an average of 79.9 points during a 7-8 start.

San Antonio began Wednesday’s 80-66 win over New York by scoring the first 14 points as the Liberty missed their first 12 shots. New York was held to 38.3 percent shooting for the game and committed 15 turnovers.

Kayla McBride matched her career high with 30 points.

“The real story is defensively for us right now,” head coach Dan Hughes said. “What a difference it makes on this basketball team when we defend.”

The Storm own the West’s worst road record at 3-10 and they’ve dropped three straight away from KeyArena.

Seattle averages a league-low 70.2 points and struggled offensively in a 78-58 loss at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Storm went seven minutes without a basket during a 19-0 second-quarter run by Phoenix in which they outscored Seattle 21-4.

The team’s top two scorers, Camille Little and Crystal Langhorne combined for 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting in the loss.

The road team has won each of the previous two meetings.

The Stars and Storm are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. central time from the AT&T Center. Be sure to check back after the game for Stephen Anderson’s post-game report and follow him on Twitter @andersonstevem for updates from the arena.

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