The Silver Stars have been busy lately, as the schedule has made them play so far a game every other day. After tonight, they will get a small break before playing back to back nights in SA on Friday and Saturday. The Silver Stars are in Washington tonight, playing the Mystics. The Stars and the Mystics last met up just four days ago in SA. The Mystics were able to win the game thanks in part to good FT shooting and outstanding play of their bench. This will be the Silver Stars ninth road game which ties them with Tulsa currently for most played so far this season. The Stars are 2-6 on the road this season.
Projected Starting Lineups for the Silver Stars
PG – Danielle Robinson
SG – Jia Perkins
SF – Shenise Johnson
PF – Delisha Milton Jones
C – Jayne Appel
Projected Starting Lineups for the Washington Mystics
PG – Ivory Latta
SG – Matee Ajavon
SF – Monique Currie
PF – Crystal Langhorne
C – Michelle Snow
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Defend the paint. It’s no secret that the Mystics were able to get to the FT line 33 times. The reason they were able to do it is because they were being aggressive in getting to the basket. Even their bench players were productive just solely based on getting to the rim. The Mystics out rebounded the Stars 44 to 25 making the Silver Stars job even more difficult of winning the game. The Silver Stars will need every one to step up defensively to stop the Mystics from getting to the paint.
2. Balanced scoring attack. This will be one of my three keys to the game, in every game forward. The Silver Stars aren’t going to win many games if only one or two people are in double digits scoring wise. They just aren’t talented enough to pull it off. The Stars will need their starters, plus two options off the bench to play well in order for the Stars to win games.
3. Make their bench a non factor. The Mystics bench was simply superb in the last game. Tierra Ruffin Pratt played well, as did the other Mystic rookies Nadira McKenith and Emma Messeman. The Silver Stars must keep the bench from making an impact otherwise they will lose their third straight game and twice to the Mystics.
The Silver Stars tip off is at 7 pm local time. You can watch the game on LiveAccess & if you live in the DC area, you can watch on the Monumental Sports live broadcast shown on the Mystics home page.