By Marquez Anderson
The San Antonio Stars look to continue their momentum against the Seattle Storm. The Stars are winners of two straight games, and hope this upward trend continues. On the other hand, Seattle has not been as fortunate. The Storm have lost four of their last five games. Seattle is also fighting for one of the last playoff spots, so this game will be extremely important for their chances. San Antonio is coming off a 76-74 win against the Washington Mystics, and the Storm fell to the Dallas Wings 93-80 in their last game. San Antonio and Seattle have faced off twice this season, with the Storm coming out victorious on both occasions. Here are three things to watch.
Can the Stars contain Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd?
Despite Seattle’s struggles, this duo has been as consistent as it gets. With Seattle desperate to put an end to their losing, these two will likely lead the charge. Stewart has been exceptional against the Stars this season, as she is averaging 22 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games. On the season, Stewart is averaging 20.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. She poses several matchup problems for San Antonio’s posts due to her ability to score from everywhere on the floor. Therefore, it will be important to find ways to disrupt her rhythm early on.
Loyd is averaging 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. She has scored at least 23 points in Seattle’s last three outings, and will look to maintain this production. Loyd has not been as dangerous against the Stars this year, as she is averaging only seven points through two meetings. However, she seems to be catching fire at the right time, and she will be determined to lead Seattle back in the right direction.
Will Isabelle Harrison and Kayla Alexander continue to play well?
Harrison has been an exciting addition to the roster this season, and has proven to be a valuable piece moving forward. Against Washington, she posted 20 points and 10 rebounds. She scored is several different ways, and will have to continue asserting herself offensively. Seattle’s post players will test her on both ends of the floor, so she must remain confident and aggressive.
Alexander has started the last two games, and has made the most of her opportunity. In these two starts she is averaging 15.5 points and six rebounds. Like Harrison, she will need to remain aggressive on offense. Defensively, she will need to make good choices to avoid foul trouble.
If these two can control the inside offensively, it increases the Stars’ chances of winning.
Will Plum have a breakout game scoring wise?
As of late, Plum has shown some improvements. After a rocky start, she has managed to find ways to contribute. In fact, Plum dished out a career-high 12 assists against the Mystics. Her shot is still not falling at an efficient rate, but it seems like she is close to turning the quarter. With Plum building confidence every outing, it may just be time for her to have a strong scoring effort.
Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m. CT from the AT&T Center.