Stars-Shock Preview

The Associated Press

The San Antonio Stars and Tulsa Shock both find themselves limping into the All-Star break.

San Antonio is hoping that a matchup with the Shock's league-worst defense can help cure its struggling offense Thursday in Tulsa.

The Stars (11-11) had won three of four before suffering blowout defeats in their last two games. They fell 88-67 to Seattle on Friday for their worst home loss of the season, then posted their lowest scoring total of the year in Sunday's 90-61 defeat at league-leading Phoenix.

San Antonio, which faced a 20-point halftime deficit, fell to 1-4 when leading scorer Danielle Robinson fails to reach double figures. The club's lone All-Star had eight points and a season-worst one assist.

Kayla McBride was 1 for 11 from the field with four points. She was just two games removed from matching a season high with 30 points in a win over New York.

The Stars came in shooting a league-best 38.5 percent from 3-point range, but were 3 for 17 with McBride going 0 for 4. Shameka Christon was 1 for 5.

"Yeah, we have been shooting the ball really well basically all season, although in the last two games, that hasn't been the case," Robinson said. "I think it has just been a mental thing, something that we can get right back intact with."

San Antonio was a combined 17 of 36 from deep in two narrow home victories over Tulsa earlier this season, 80-76 on May 17 and 82-79 on May 28. McBride scored 30 in the second matchup and was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

The Shock (7-15) will be playing on a quick turnaround following Wednesday's 93-82 loss at Minnesota. They'll try to avoid losing a season-worst sixth straight.

First-time All-Star Skylar Diggins scored 19 against the Lynx but was outshined by Maya Moore's 32 points. Tulsa surrendered 91-plus points for the third consecutive contest and is allowing a league-high 84.3 per game.

"Maya's the Michael Jordan of this league," coach Fred Williams said. "When you have guards and players like her and (Lindsay) Whalen, they make a lot of great plays together. But we learned a lot from this game."

Diggins totaled 37 points and 16 assists in the two previous matchups with San Antonio.

Fellow All-Star Glory Johnson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday for her sixth double-double in seven games.

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