Lynx 87

(7-0, 4-0 away)

Stars 79

(3-4, 2-1 home)

    4:30 PM ET, June 1, 2014

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 28 24 18 1787
    SA 28 17 18 1679

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: S. Augustus 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    San Antonio: D. Robinson 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Lynx-Stars Preview


    The Minnesota Lynx know something about winning playoff series, having appeared in the last three WNBA Finals and claiming two titles.

    It's no wonder that coach Cheryl Reeve is treating the defending champions' home-and-home set with the San Antonio Stars as such heading into Sunday's road contest.

    Minnesota (6-0) remained the league's lone unbeaten after Maya Moore had 26 points during an 88-72 home victory Friday in which the Lynx broke open a tight game by outscoring San Antonio 33-10 in the third quarter.

    "These guys are good," Reeve said of the Stars. "We knew they would challenge our schemes. It's kind of a mini playoff series -- win your home game and go see if you can close out a series on the road. That's how we'll approach it."

    Moore, the league's scoring leader with a 29.3 average, narrowly missed her fifth 30-point game of the season. Lindsay Whalen added 19 points and Damiris Dantas scored a career-high 17 despite missing the final 6:42 of the first half after taking an elbow to the head from Kayla Alexander.

    The Lynx were assessed a technical foul when trainer Chuck Barta darted onto the floor to attend to Dantas before a timeout had been called. Though Reeve voiced her displeasure with the handling of the situation, Minnesota overcame the setback and Dantas responded by having the best game of her rookie season.

    Dantas finished 7 for 10 from the field and also added five rebounds.

    "It says with a big bump on her nose she's pretty good," Reeve said. "It says a lot that she's able to fight through it and focus."

    Minnesota is known more for its offense, scoring a WNBA-best 87.2 points per game, but Reeve said the Lynx had their best defensive effort of the season Friday.

    Moore didn't seem so sure since the Stars (3-3) went 14 of 28 from 3-point range after hitting 21 from beyond the arc over their first five games.

    "We kind of go in spurts on defense. Sometimes we're good, and other times we're bad," Moore said. "We know we've still got to improve."

    Jia Perkins hit four 3s and scored a team-best 15 points off the bench for San Antonio, while Danielle Adams and Danielle Robinson had 11 apiece. Kayla McBride and Becky Hammon each drilled three 3-pointers.

    "I think we can do that on a fairly regular basis," coach Dan Hughes said of his squad's 3-point shooting. "We don't have a lot of size on the perimeter, so that's our way of dealing with it."

    The Stars have lost the last five meetings with the Lynx by an average of 16.2 points. San Antonio will look to end that run and improve to 3-0 at home, though both of its victories at the AT&T Center have come against winless Tulsa by a combined seven points.