The San Antonio Silver Stars are without point guard Becky Hammon and post player Sophia Young for the season thanks to injuries. Young tore a ligament in her right knee while playing in China over the summer and Hammon tore her ACL in her first game back after being out with a finger injury. The losses of these players didn't seem to be a big issue at the start of the season, but the Silver Stars have gone just 4-13 on the year. In the month of June, they lost six games while winning just half of that. They haven't fared much better in July. The Silver Stars have lost five or their last six games, including Friday night's 87-71 loss to the Western Conference defending champion Minnesota Lynx.
The Lynx began the game on a 17-6 run and never looked back. The largest leads for the Lynx in the game were 12 in the first quarter, 19 in the second, 26 in the third, and 27 in the fourth. The Silver Stars never led in the game.
"We were really looked in and focused," third year veteran and All-Star starter Maya Moore said. "The way we started the game was really crucial. I thought we set the tone. We were aggressive on both ends, connected, helping each other. We do that, it's really hard to beat us."
San Antonio showed some promise by opening the second half with two consecutive buckets, cutting the lead to just 11 and forcing Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve to call a timeout. She reminded her players to focus and "[stay] home on [their] assignments." The Lynx went on an 8-2 run out of the timeout, extending the lead and crushing the Silver Star's momentum.
Even worse than the loss of the game, their fourth straight, was the loss of 15-year veteran Delisha Milton-Jones. She went down near the end of the first half with a right knee injury. There's no news on the injury, but Milton-Jones was seen leaving the game on crutches.
"It's a major struggle," Silver Star's guard Jia Perkins said, commenting on the injury situation. "I honestly don't know what to say. We just have to come together as a team and keep believing."
Perkins tied with teammates Shenise Johnson and Danielle Adams to score 13 points and lead the Silver Stars. Rookie Davelyn White added 11 points, two off her career high, and Jayne Appel pulled down 9 rebounds.
Lindsay Whalen, who didn't get the starting nod in the All-Star game, led all players with 21 points and 7 assists. Moore added 14 points and second year player Deveraux Peters chipped in with 13.
The Lynx continue their road trip by paying a visit to Diana Tarausi and the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, July 21st at 6pm ET. The Silver Stars are back in action tonight, July 20th, at 8pm ET as they take on the Connecticut Sun at home. Both of these games can be seen on WNBA Live Access.