Silver Stars-Storm Preview


After cruising to their first road win over the Seattle Storm in six years, the San Antonio Silver Stars have a chance to do more damage at KeyArena.

The Silver Stars try to inch closer to the Storm as these Western Conference rivals meet again in Seattle on Sunday night.

Since a 92-88 win July 29, 2007, San Antonio (8-14) had dropped 10 consecutive road matchups in the series before handily beating Seattle 77-56 on Friday. With another victory Sunday, the Silver Stars can move within one-half game of Seattle (9-12) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West.

"To their (credit), they played like they're in a dogfight and there's playoff implications," Storm guard Tanisha Wright told the team's official website. "That's how they played. We didn't play like that at all. The good thing is we've got a day in between, we play them again on Sunday, and we can try to redeem ourselves."

Slowing down Danielle Robinson could prove key if Seattle hopes to get back on track. The third-year guard, who continues to impress while helping fill in for the injured Becky Hammon, had 14 points and eight assists.

"D-Rob makes it so easy," said Shenise Johnson, who led the Storm with 15 points. "There's no one guarding her because she's always inside the lane and if you can hit that open shot you'll have 15 a game. She's so quick. Did you see her out there? I love having her as a teammate."

Robinson is averaging a league-high 7.0 assists for the Silver Stars, who improved to 3-8 on the road thanks largely to making 30 of 60 shots.

"We haven't done that all year," said coach Dan Hughes, whose team took a 47-29 lead into halftime. "I'd like to spread it out through some of the other games."

The Storm are trying to avoid a fourth home loss in five tries after getting outplayed in almost every facet of the game. Seattle was limited to 38.9 percent shooting, committed 21 turnovers and was outscored 34-24 in the paint.

"We just couldn't get going," said Shekinna Stricklen, who had a game-high 16 points and a career-best three blocks. "They were knocking down shots, and we just couldn't get into a rhythm. We'll go in Saturday, watch film, work on what we need to work on, and fix it."

Stricklen is averaging 17.7 points in her last three games, 7.4 more than her season mark.

Seattle and San Antonio rank as the worst rebounding teams in the league with averages of 30.3 and 31.6, respectively.

While the Silver Stars continue to play without Hammon and Sophia Young, the Storm are without fellow stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson.

San Antonio hasn't won back-to-back road games since winning seven straight from June 24-Aug. 19 of last season.