The San Antonio Stars head to Washington to face the Mystics. The Mystics (9-16) currently hold the last spot in the playoffs, while the Stars (5-19) are looking to play spoiler. San Antonio is in the midst of a six-game losing streak, with its last win coming against the Mystics on June 6. Here are three things to watch:
- Who will start in place of Alex Montgomery?
In the Stars’ last game against the Liberty, Montgomery went down with an apparent knee injury. She had been starting in place of Kayla McBride, who is out for the season due to a right foot fracture. Jazmon Gwathmey and Haley Peters are two options off the bench that may be called upon to fill the void. Peters is averaging 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds a game this season. While Gwathmey scored five points, and dished out 3 assists in the loss to the Liberty. Alternatively, Coach Hughes may opt to go small, by inserting Sydney Colson into the lineup. Colson scored 6 points and added 4 assists against New York.
- Where the Stars be able to produce enough offense?
When these teams last met, Monique Currie scored 20 points, and Dearica Hamby added 18. Moriah Jefferson also contributed, scoring 16 points. Unfortunately, generating offense has been a struggle all season, as the Stars are last in the league in scoring, averaging 72.4 points. Jayne Appel-Marinelli had a career-high 17 points in the Stars’ last game vs. New York. It will be important to get her involved in the offense, which will ultimately space the floor for other players on the perimeter.
- Can the Stars compete for a full 40 minutes?
Despite having a 5-19 record, the Stars have been in several close and competitive games throughout the season. A common theme has been not maintaining a winning level of play for 40 minutes. In the 84-77 loss to the Liberty, San Antonio held a 46-44 lead at halftime, but came out flat in the third quarter. The Stars were outscored 23-12 in the third and were unable to recover. In order to steal a win from the Mystics, the Stars must play a complete game by avoiding turnovers and scoring droughts.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.