May 27, 2014

The Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Stars have already dealt with their fair share of significant injuries this season.

With a slightly healthier group, Tulsa will try for a fourth straight victory in the series Friday night at San Antonio.

The Shock (10-5) failed to win a third consecutive game Wednesday, falling 83-80 at Indiana despite Riquna Williams' season-high 31 points and seven rebounds.

Williams is averaging 15.2 points but has scored at least 22 in four of six, and her recent aggressiveness becomes especially crucial with Skylar Diggins sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Odyssey Sims scored eight points in her second game back from a knee injury.

San Antonio (3-11) has dropped five of six and three straight, with the last two defeats by a combined 33 points. Averaging 70.0 points, the Stars are the league's second-lowest scoring team.

They fell 84-68 at New York on Wednesday. Danielle Robinson scored a team-high 18 as San Antonio had just nine players available. Kayla McBride (foot), the club's leading scorer with 14.0 points per game, and Jia Perkins (calf), who averages 12.1, missed their fourth straight games.

Forward Alex Montgomery has been limited to three games, not playing since June 20 due to an injured right knee.

"We knew we were going to be young, but we did not know we were going to be injured," coach Dan Hughes said. "You take your two leading scorers (McBride and Perkins), and never have had Alex Montgomery this season.

"We thought that we would have a chance about 10-15 games in to kind of take a young core and move it to a certain spot, but the problem has obviously been injuries has gotten in the way of developing that core."

While the Stars remain winless on the road, they're 3-3 at home.

Tulsa won the season's first two meetings June 14 and 16, including a 27-point home victory. San Antonio shot a combined 34.1 percent and was outrebounded 100-51. Diggins totaled 34 points.

The Stars are shooting a league-worst 25.1 percent from 3-point range, while Tulsa ranks third at 35.5 percent.

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