The WNBA is coming off its annual all-star break, and when play resumes Friday at Western Conference-leading Minnesota, Jia Perkins and the San Antonio Silver Stars are hoping to do some catching up.
The Silvers Stars are a perennial playoff team and even advanced to the WNBA Finals a few years ago. But this season they are struggling and stand 6-12 as the season enters the second half.
While better at home, their 4-5 record in their friendly confines is still below. And on the road, they have managed just two wins in nine outings.
Perkins who has returned to the starting lineup this season, ranks among the league leaders in steals. Her team-leading 2.06 per game is fourth in the WNBA.
The Silvers Stars do control their own destiny, however. They trail Seattle (7-10) in the chase for the fourth playoff berth from the Western Conference. They face Seattle four more times this season.
The Silver Stars are at the Storm Aug 9 and 11. They hosts contests Aug. 25 and 27.
San Antonio is 0-1 against Seattle this season, falling 91-86 at home. In that game, Perkins scored what was then a season-high 21 points.
If the Silver Stars get on a hot streak, it is possible they could pass third-place Phoenix (9-9). San Antonio has three left against the Mercury, at home Aug. 17, and at Phoenix Sept. 6 and Sept. 13.
San Antonio is 1-1 vs. Phoenix this season.
Perkins recently had back-to-back season highs in scoring. On July 12 she scored 22 points with four assists and four steals in an 83-73 loss to Washington. Then, on July 14 she scored 23 points with seven rebounds in an 86-84 loss to Connecticut.
Perkins is second on the team in scoring this season with a 13.0 average (23rd in WNBA). She is third on the team in assists at 2.0, is third in 3-pointers attempted (53) and made (20), and leads the Silver Stars in 3-point field goal percentage (.377).
Her 3-point percentage is also 14th across the league.
The Silver Stars enter the second half of the season with back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
Friday’s game is broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and NBA TV, as is the one at Tulsa on July 23. The Aug. 17 game against Phoenix is on NBA TV.
What might help the Silver Stars down the stretch is having 12 of their final 16 games against teams with non-winning records.
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