Preview: Lynx at Silver Stars


The San Antonio Silver Stars look to win four consecutive games for the first time in nearly four years, and pick up their first home victory of the season when they meet Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx on Friday.

Books have the Silver Stars as 4 1/2-point home favorites with the total set at 158.

San Antonio (4-2) won 89-87 in Seattle on Sunday to extend its run to three games, the longest for the team since it also earned three straight victories from July 27-Aug. 1, 2003. The Silver Stars last won four in a row in July 2002.

The Silver Stars improved to 4-0 on the road with the win over the Storm, but have lost their first two home games this season and have dropped eight in a row in San Antonio since a 78-71 victory over Minnesota (2-4) last July 26.

Against Seattle, Sophia Young made two foul shots with 42 seconds left to complete San Antonio`s comeback from a 14-point deficit.

``I was just pleased we didn`t fold our tents when they hit us hard early,`` San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. ``We kept coming back, kept coming back and we got good play throughout our lineup.``

Young, the fourth overall pick out of Baylor, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Kendra Wecker and LaToya Thomas each scored 15 points to lead the Silver Stars, who closed with a 5-0 run and shut out Seattle for the final 1:50.

Overall, San Antonio had six players score in double figures.

``That`s the best thing about this team,`` Vickie Johnson said. ``Nobody cares who scores.``

Augustus, the first overall draft pick out of LSU, earned WNBA player of the week honors on Monday after averaging 25.7 points as Minnesota won two of three games following a three-game skid to open the season.

Augustus, who has scored 20 or more points in four straight contests, became the first rookie to win the award since Sept. 2004 and just the sixth overall in the history of the league.

``It`s definitely a great honor to be named the WNBA player of the week,`` said Augustus, who is among the league leaders in scoring with 22.7 points per game. ``I just want to thank my teammates because basketball is a team sport, and without them, I wouldn`t have received this award.``

Augustus became the sixth rookie to score more than 30 points when she had 31 in Minnesota`s 92-87 win over Indiana last Friday, and she led the Lynx in scoring for the sixth straight game with 20 in an 85-62 loss at Houston on Sunday.

Augustus and Kristen Mann were the only Minnesota players to score in double figures against the Comets.

``I think that any time our offensive schemes aren`t working, it`s just a little bit tougher to get shots off,`` said Augustus, who shot 8-for-19 and had three rebounds. ``I think Houston played great team defense to keep me out of the paint which is where I get most of my shots.``

The Lynx and Silver Stars meet again in San Antonio next Friday.

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