The San Antonio Silver Stars lost their second consecutive road game of the season to the Minnesota Lynx by a final score of 72 – 87. The San Antonio Silver Stars managed to keep it close through out the first half and led at half time. Midway through the third quarter, the Lynx put the pressure on the San Antonio Silver Stars and were able to gain a lead several times before eventually pulling away from the Silver Stars to win the game.
Notes & Observations
The Silver Stars were very aggressive in the first half and gave the Minnesota Lynx problems which resulted in some physical play and holding Seimone Augustus to just two points on only two shot attempts. The second half featured some of the same from the first half before the Lynx took the lead and held on to it for the rest of the game. Lindsay Whalen was the MVP for the Lynx as she was able to drive by any Silver Star defenders and get to the free throw line. She was also able to facilitate the offense and in the process and got Lindsay Wright and Seimone Augustus to have a big second half.
For the Silver Stars, they had a balanced scoring attack with MIP candidate Shenise Johnson leading the way with 16 points. The Silver Stars just couldn’t score in the third and fourth quarter. They got stops, they got to within 7, but just couldn’t get the stops and score when needed to be.
They also got out rebounded by the Lynx, just like in their previous game against Chicago. This was one of the problems from last season and its continuing to rear its ugly head again.
The Silver Stars bench scored 32 points and are tops in the WNBA in doing that.
I really wish Jayne Appel would try to score more. I know she can rebound, defend and pass, but I would like to see her be more aggressive on the offensive end so that the Silver Stars can be more potent offensively.
Shameka Christon is struggling big time. She’s shooting 27% from the floor. If she doesn’t find her offense soon, it will be difficult for the Silver Stars to win, especially when they need scoring.
The Silver Stars drop to 2-3 on the season and have another tough game against Los Angeles on June 15. The bonus is that LA will be on the second night of a back to back as they play Phoenix on Friday.