It’s game day for the Silver Stars as they take on the new and improved Phoenix Mercury. The Silver Stars and Phoenix Mercury are coming off wins and the Silver Stars are one win behind the Mercury so this match up is important to the Silver Stars. This is also the 1st of 5 game series between both teams. This game will also be on national television(ESPN2) and it is the Silver Stars only appearance this season. This will be Phoenix 3rd national TV appearance. The Silver Stars are .500 (2-2) at home this season, while the Mercury are also .500 (2-2) on the road so far this season.
The official game preview for tonight’s game.
The Phoenix Mercury’s beat writer Ben York discusses the keys to the game against the Silver Stars
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defending Diana Taurasi. Diana is averaging around 24.6 ppg this season, and last week she averaged nearly 30 points. While it might be difficult to stop Diana from scoring, the Silver Stars will need to make her work on getting her shots and making it difficult for her to get going. If the Silver Stars can stop her from doing just that, it increases their chances of winning the game.
2. The Silver Stars X Factor. The Silver Stars need someone other than Danielle Adams, Jia Perkins, Danielle Robinson, Shenise Johnson to step up. Last game, it was Delisha Milton Jones who had 15 points. The Stars will need more scoring from another player in order to keep pace with the Mercury
3. Get Brittney Griner in foul trouble. This might be a little easier said than done. Jayne Appel is listed day to day, and if she does play, her job has to be keeping Griner in check, as Brittney has rounded into form the last couple of games for the Mercury and will be eager to play well in front of her home town fans (I’m sure plenty of Baylor fans will be there as will as her parents)
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS FOR THE SILVER STARS
PG – Danielle Robinson
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shameka Christon
PF – Delisha Milton Jones
C – Danielle Adams (Jayne Appel if she can play)
STARTING LINE UPS FOR THE PHOENIX MERCURY
G – Brianna Gilbreath
G – Diana Taurasi
G / F – Dewanna Bonner
F – Candice Dupree
C – Brittney Griner
The game will be at the AT&T Center at 7 pm local time, 8 pm EST and 5 pm PST. It will be on ESPN2 and it will be blacked out on Live Access.