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Stars welcome Shock to San Antonio

The San Antonio Stars and Tulsa Shock meet tonight for the second time of the season and for the first time in San Antonio.


Jia Perkins shooting out of her mind from behind the 3-point line gave the Stars their first road win of the season against the Shock. Certainly San Antonio hopes they can put the game away long before Perkins needs to sink back-to-back 3s with less than three minutes to play. It won't be easy, though, as the Shock (after somehow only playing two games) are still looking for their first win of the season.

Looking at the boxscore from the previous game, a couple of things stand out. The Stars didn't shoot better than Tulsa overall (36 percent to Tulsa's 39 percent) but they held a slim advantage from 3-point range (thanks Jia!) and posted a much better shooting percentage from the free throw line. As it turns out, missing nine of 29 free throws is not a great strategy for winning basketball games -- who knew!?

Tulsa also turned the ball over 15 times and Danielle Robinson played like a woman possessed -- one of these is more likely to happen tonight than the other.

After splitting last weekend's road games, the Stars play their second home game of the season tonight. If they're going to make the playoffs this year, it's imperative that they get as many good results as they can from the Connecticuts, the Seattles and the Tulsas of the league. Phoenix is a great team, Los Angeles is a great team and we all already know about Minnesota. If the Stars want to get a new playoff streak started, picking off the lesser teams is a good way to go about doing it.

The Shock ought to be well rested for this game -- they've only played twice and their last game came five days ago against the Minnesota Lynx. I anticipate they will play a better game against the Stars tonight than they did in their season opener. Better shooting nights from Odyssey Sims and Riquana Williams will go a long way towards ending up with a more favorable final score.

The game tips off at 7:00 p.m. CST on LiveAccess.