The countdown is on! The Silver Stars are 4 games away from ending their injury riddled season with injuries to Sophia Young(ACL), Becky Hammon(ACL), Davellyn Whyte(Achilles) and missed games & time from Jayne Appel and Danielle Robinson. There is still no word on whether or not Danielle Robinson will play in this game, but it is still doubtful to this point. The Silver Stars have signed 3 new players this season in Cathrine Kraayeveld, Chelsea Poppens and now new point guard Chelsea Hopkins. She is in Phoenix with the rest of the team and will play in the game. The Silver Stars are in Phoenix tonight as they face a well rested team. The Stars have really struggled on the road this season and are 4-11 on the road. The Stars after tonight will only have 1 road game left for the season. The Stars are 2-1 against Phoenix this season with 2 more games left to play after tonight.
Starting Lineups for the Silver Stars
G – Jia Perkins
G/F – Shameka Christon
F – Shenise Johnson
F – Danielle Adams
C – Jayne Appel
Starting Lineups for the Phoenix Mercury
G – Diana Taurasi
G – Brianna Gilbreath
G/F – Dewanna Bonner
PF – Candice Dupree
C – Brittney Griner
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Stop penetration – The Mercury will be ready for this game as they need a win tonight to clinch the playoffs and officially eliminate the Silver Stars from post season. The Mercury will look to push and find ways to score from the paint so the Stars need to make sure they keep the Mercury guards out of the lane and make it difficult for their power forwards and centers to score.
2. Just score – The Silver Stars will need to bring it scoring wise in order to keep up with the Mercury. If they can’t score, they won’t win. Its that simple.
3. No X Factor – The Stars will have trouble winning if they can’t contain any of the Mercury’s other players. It’s already a difficult game to win considering the circumstances of both teams and it will become that much harder to steal a road game if the other players step up.
The game will be on LiveAccess and will tip off at 7 pm local time, 9 pm CT and 10 pm EST.