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Stars-Lynx Preview

The Minnesota Lynx were feeling good about their effort on the defensive end before failing to pass a big test against the league's highest-scoring team.

The WNBA-best Lynx now seem to have an opportune matchup as they try to regroup Sunday night, facing a low-scoring San Antonio Stars team which is winless on the road and looking to avoid a 14th straight loss at Minnesota.

The Lynx (8-3) had been allowing 67.8 points per game, on pace to be their lowest mark in 10 years, after holding Phoenix to 56 and Seattle to 57 in back-to-back victories.

They couldn't continue that trend Friday when they let Chicago shoot 50.8 percent and gave up a season-high point total in a 90-83 road loss that snapped their three-game winning streak. The Sky entered the contest averaging a league-high 84.6 points.

Now Minnesota hopes to bounce back against a San Antonio team that ranks near the bottom of the league with 71.9 points per game, 41.4 percent field-goal shooting and 26.2 percent from 3-point range.

The Lynx had little trouble shutting down the Stars (3-9) in the first meeting June 19, holding them to 35.5 percent shooting - including 3 of 15 from long range - in a 74-59 road win.

San Antonio has since shown improvement offensively, averaging 77.3 points in its last seven games. Sophia Young-Malcolm has been the catalyst by scoring 19.7 per game over that span.

Even though the forward finished with a season-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting Friday, the Stars fell to 0-6 on the road with an 83-76 defeat at Indiana.

Jia Perkins had a team-high 16 points in the first matchup with the Lynx, but Young-Malcolm and leading scorer Kayla McBride (14.0 ppg) were held to a combined 15 on 5-of-18 shooting. Now the Stars could be without Perkins (calf) and McBride (foot) for a third straight game.

San Antonio has dropped 11 of 12 meetings with Minnesota, including playoff series losses in 2014 and 2011. Including those games, the Stars have lost 13 in a row at the Target Center since a 74-72 win July 22, 2010.

Maya Moore totaled 42 points, 17 assists and 14 rebounds in Minnesota's two-game playoff sweep over the Stars last August. The reigning MVP is third in the league with 18.1 points per game after scoring 25 of her 29 in the second half Friday.

Moore only scored 14 in San Antonio last month while Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Augustus has averaged 18.3 points in her last three matchups versus the Stars.

Anna Cruz, acquired from New York in April, could get more time after scoring six points in her Lynx debut. She missed the start of the season while playing for Spain at EuroBasket 2015.

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