Lynx-Silver Stars Preview
Before opening the playoffs, the defending champion Minnesota Lynx have a chance at a piece of WNBA history.
The Lynx will try to become the fourth team to win 28 games in a season when they visit the playoff-bound San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday.
Minnesota (27-6) matched last year's franchise record for victories with an 89-66 win over Phoenix on Friday. Maya Moore led the way with 21 points and reserve Erin Thorn had a season-high 17.
"We want to go into the playoffs on a high note, carry that momentum and hopefully it will help us out," Thorn said.
The Lynx will try to do just that by joining the 2010 Seattle Storm and a pair of Los Angeles Sparks teams in the record books.
Seattle went 28-6 two years ago, while Los Angeles was 28-4 in 2000 and 2001.
Minnesota will attempt to match that win total with its 12th victory in 14 games against San Antonio (20-13), including the playoffs last year. However, it suffered both of those losses at the AT&T Center, dropping the middle game of its opening-round series 84-75 last Sept. 18 and losing 93-84 on July 1.
The Lynx, though, won 81-62 in their most recent visit Sept. 9 as Moore had 18 points, a career high-tying 12 rebounds and six assists.
"San Antonio is somebody we could see in the second round. We definitely want to go out there, play hard and play a good game," Thorn said.
While Minnesota will pursue a record-tying win, San Antonio will try to pull off a rare feat of its own. The Silver Stars have topped 20 victories once in franchise history, going 24-10 in 2008 en route to their only WNBA finals appearance.
San Antonio will also be trying to conclude an up-and-down season on a positive note. After a 4-5 start, the Silver Stars won a team-record 12 in a row then dropped six of seven, before winning three of their past five contests.
San Antonio, though, is coming off an 85-74 loss to Seattle on Friday. The Silver Stars couldn't get closer than four points after scoring 12 in the second quarter.
Reserve Danielle Adams had 16 points and matched a career high with 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
"I just felt like we were a play behind there in the first half, especially in the second quarter," coach Dan Hughes said. "Our players did a good job of coming out in the second half. They gave a great effort and better execution."
After Sunday's game, the Silver Stars head to Los Angeles for an opening-round series that begins Thursday. Minnesota faces Seattle starting Friday.