The San Antonio Stars look to add another win to their season total as they take on the Indiana Fever. It has been a rough season for the Stars so far, as they own a 2-18 record. One of those wins came against this Indiana squad on July 12. The Fever will look to get some revenge on the road. Here are three things to watch.
Who will step up for Kayla McBride?
McBride is still out with an ankle injury, which means her scoring is still going to have to be replaced. In the Stars’ last game against Atlanta, the starting backcourt of Moriah Jefferson and Kelsey Plum mustered up a combined two points. This clearly is going to have to be fixed if San Antonio wants to beat Indiana once again.
Jefferson did not play in the 79-72 defeat of the Fever earlier this month due to a concussion. However, she had great success verses Indiana a year ago. In fact, she scored a career-high 31 points against the Fever last July.
Plum did play in the last meeting against this team and scored 12 points and dished out four assists.
These two will have to perform well in order to come out on top again.
Can the Stars play a consistent 40 minutes?
A recurring theme for San Antonio this season has been inconsistent play in the second half. After surging to a 17-point lead against Atlanta, the Stars were unable to maintain it. The Dream outscored San Antonio 23-10 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Atlanta would go on to win 88-75.
A poor third quarter ruined San Antonio’s chances against Connecticut as well, as the Sun outscored them 33-10 in the third quarter.
Now playing Indiana, the Silver and Black will have to control the tempo on both ends of the floor from the start. Once they have established this, it will be critical to maintain the efficiency as the game moves along. While it has been a difficult task at some points this season, it is not impossible.
If the Stars manage to play consistently on both ends, a third win on the season is beyond realistic.
Will the Stars be able to duplicate their success inside?
When these two teams faced off earlier this month, several San Antonio post players had solid outings.
Erika de Souza by far had her best game of the season with 14 points and seven rebounds, she also hit all seven of her shot attempts.
Dearica Hamby added 13 points and three rebounds, while Isabelle Harrison had nine points, five rebounds and two assists.
If the Stars can get similar production from inside, it will be a huge plus. Indiana does not have much size, so the Stars can use this to their advantage.
Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m. CT from the AT&T Center. The game will also be available on Twitter.