The Silver Stars are back at it after their win against Tulsa yesterday. The Stars will need to keep winning if they stand a shot of getting into the playoffs. The Stars are facing one of the top teams in the Western Conference in the LA Sparks who have a 20-8 record and are 7-6 on the road this season. The Sparks are 2-1 against the Stars in the 4 game series. This will also be the last time the Stars see the Sparks this season. The Stars are 11-18 and 7-7 at home this season. It’s also Military Appreciation Night at the AT&t Center which is always nice to see and to thank all those who did service overseas.
Probable Starting Lineup for the Los Angeles Sparks
PG – Lindsey Harding
SG – Kristi Toliver
SF – Alana Beard
F – Nneka Ogwumike
F – Candace Parker
Probable Starting Lineup for the San Antonio Silver Stars
PG – Davellyn Whyte (Danielle Robinson might play)
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
F/C – Danielle Adams
C – Jayne Appel
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Contain the Sparks All Stars – Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver all have unique aspects to their games that makes it difficult to defend them. Candace can be a matchup nightmare and Danielle Adams as well as Jayne Appel will have their hands full trying to guard her. Nneka Ogwumike is able to get to the basket at will and will also be a tough matchup for Shenise Johnson. Kristi Toliver is a scorer who can get hot in a hurry and Jia Perkins as well as Davellyn Whyte will need to make sure that she doesn’t score 20 points or more. If the Stars can guard all 3 players and make their lives difficult they can steal the game away from the Sparks. All 11 players will be needed to stop one of the top offenses in the WNBA this season.
2. Find energy – The Stars will be at one point, have low energy and their legs will be tired. They will need to find a way or will themselves into getting to the basket and finding ways to either score or defend. If they can find some energy or be able to stay in the game, the Stars can win the game.
3. NO X-Factor – Don’t let any of the Sparks bench players have a great game otherwise it will make the task of defending that much harder. If the Stars can limit the bench points, they have a great shot of winning the game.
The game will be on WNBA LiveAccess and should also be on TWC SportsNet for those that live in LA. The game will tip off at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST.