In a season thought to be virtually lost from the beginning because of significant injuries, the San Antonio Silver Stars are sitting just outside the Western Conference playoff picture.
They could be on the cusp of the West's fourth seed by the end of the weekend.
The Silver Stars look to end a 10-game losing streak in Seattle on Friday night for the first of two meetings there with the Storm in a span of three days.
Despite being without former All-Stars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young for the season, San Antonio (7-14) is 2 1/2 games back of fourth-place Seattle (9-11).
The Silver Stars are 2-8 away from home and haven't won in Seattle since July 29, 2007, but they have been playing well over the last few weeks. They're 3-2 since July 20, with both losses coming to league-leading Minnesota.
San Antonio stuck around for much of Tuesday's home game against the Lynx before falling 93-80.
"I'm really proud of the way we played," said Jia Perkins, who scored 18 points. "As a matter of fact, we have been playing good basketball these last few games, so we just have to keep that going and not worry about the score of this game."
Danielle Adams, who had been averaging 13.0 points, scored a season-high 31 on 13-of-17 field-goal shooting. Adams also converted a personal-best four 3-pointers on six attempts while finishing a point shy of her career high.
"I thought Adams did a good job of mixing her inside and outside ball movement," coach Dan Hughes said. "The thing about Danielle Adams is we have tried hard to develop her as an interior player that can face the basket. I thought she did a really good job of that today."
Adams wasn't much of a factor in a 91-86 home loss to Seattle on June 21, posting nine points and four turnovers.
The Storm will try to neutralize her again, much like they did to Diana Taurasi in an 80-65 victory at Phoenix on Tuesday, limiting the league's leading scorer to nine points on 2-of-11 shooting.
Seattle outscored the Mercury 30-17 in the third quarter as Phoenix's Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner both left with injuries.
"I think we were in a good rhythm," said Temeka Johnson, who finished with 12 points. "It's unfortunate what happened to DeWanna and Brittney Griner, they are both talented players. I just know we were in a good rhythm at that moment and we capitalized off it and kept going."
Camille Little led Seattle with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting and Tina Thompson added 21 points.
Perkins scored 21 for the Silver Stars while All-Star Danielle Robinson recorded 20 points and six assists
The teams will play again in Seattle on Sunday night.
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