The Minnesota Lynx and San Antonio Stars faced off in a pair of high-scoring games in last year's playoffs with Minnesota winning each.
Only the Lynx appear poised to return to the postseason while San Antonio tries to avoid matching its worst start in franchise history in Friday night's rematch.
Minnesota held on for an 88-84 win in its playoff opener Aug. 21 then closed out the series with a 94-89 victory two days later in San Antonio. The Lynx, who reached 25 wins for the fourth consecutive year in 2014, are once again on pace for that mark following a 4-1 start.
They bounced back from their lone loss - an 81-66 defeat in Phoenix on Sunday - with a 67-52 win in Los Angeles on Tuesday, shooting 52.6 percent after connecting at 35.8 against the Mercury. Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus combined for 42 points on a team that normally has a little more offensive diversity with four players averaging in double figures.
Minnesota has a chance to start 5-1 or better for the fifth consecutive year while San Antonio will try to prevent itself from dropping to 0-5 for the first time since 2005, the first of coach Dan Hughes' 10 seasons with the team.
The Stars, one of the league's two remaining winless clubs along with Los Angeles (0-3), were beaten by a combined 38 points in a home-and-home series with Tulsa earlier this week. They took an 88-61 road defeat Tuesday against the Shock, the Western Conference co-leader with Minnesota.
San Antonio got the bulk of its scoring in that game from just two players - Jia Perkins and Sophia Young-Malcolm with 20 points apiece - while shooting 31.9 percent.
With 17 points, Kayla McBride was the only Stars player with more than 10 in a 73-62 defeat to Tulsa on Sunday, the team's lone home game this season. They'll play four straight on their own floor beginning Friday.
Minnesota has won four of its last five visits to San Antonio including the playoffs and 10 of the last 11 overall matchups. The Lynx had won a series-best eight in a row over the Stars before a 92-76 defeat in San Antonio on Aug. 15.