Lynx-Stars Preview

Because of their cushion in the Western Conference and a secured playoff spot, the Minnesota Lynx know they have a little time to work out the kinks from back-to-back losses.

The Lynx, however, likely can't withstand a prolonged skid and will try to keep their current streak brief by sweeping the season series against the San Antonio Stars on Friday night.

Minnesota (18-8) has a 2 1/2-game lead over Phoenix in the West after getting swept in a home-and-home series with Washington. The Lynx took just their third loss in 13 home games with a 79-61 defeat Wednesday.

"This is a process. We're on a journey right now. We have not yet peaked," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "We're going to continue to work really, really hard to make sure that we're able to get to that spot where we're a great basketball team."

Reeve's team is facing a three-game road stretch that includes a matchup with Phoenix on Sunday and finishes against East-leading New York next Friday.

First, the Lynx will take on a San Antonio team that's dropped seven of eight and is currently on the outside of the West playoff picture. The Stars (7-19) shot just 27.0 percent in their third consecutive defeat - a 73-45 drubbing to New York on Wednesday - and matched the league's lowest scoring output, Seattle's 68-45 loss at Tulsa on June 9.

San Antonio, which played without guard Danielle Robinson (ankle), also dropped to 1 1/2 games behind Los Angeles for the West's final playoff spot and into a tie for last with Seattle.

"We move on. We have two more games this week, so we can't really think about it too much," said forward Kayla McBride, the only San Antonio player in double figures on Wednesday with 11 points. "You have nights like this when you play in the best league in the world. You're going to have nights where the best teams are going to be at their best when you might not be."

The Stars were more competitive in an 83-76 loss to Minnesota on Aug. 11 and led by 11 at halftime before allowing the Lynx to outscore them 30-13 in the third quarter. Maya Moore registered 32 points and nine rebounds in her team's 13th win in the last 14 matchups, including last year's playoffs.

Minnesota outscored the Stars by a combined 32 points in the first two meetings this season and won 74-59 in its first visit to San Antonio this year June 19.