Mercury 91

(5-2, 2-1 away)

Stars 79

(4-5, 2-2 home)

    8:00 PM ET, June 7, 2014

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    PHX 15 20 18 18 6 1491
    SA 17 16 14 24 6 279

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: C. Dupree 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    San Antonio: S. Young-Malcolm 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mercury-Stars Preview


    One night after a stunning loss to the league's worst team, the Phoenix Mercury take on the only other club to beat them with a road game against the San Antonio Stars on Saturday night.

    For San Antonio (4-4) to knock them off again, limiting Brittney Griner's production may be a key. The budding second-year star's two lowest-scoring games of the season came in Phoenix's only losses, including nine points in Friday's 94-78 defeat to a Tulsa team which had been winless.

    Griner's previous season low of 12 came in a 78-74 home loss to the Stars on May 23, also committing four turnovers as the Mercury (4-2) finished with 16 and forced only nine.

    "We know they have a good player in Brittney Griner, we just wanted to attack," San Antonio forward Danielle Adams said after the win.

    The teams have split six meetings since the 2013 No. 1 overall pick joined the WNBA, and she's averaged 18.3 points in Phoenix's wins. Griner missed one loss with a sprained knee and has averaged 11.5 points in the other two.

    Danielle Robinson led the Stars in the first meeting with 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, while Jia Perkins was her only teammate to score in double figures with 13. Perkins has averaged 16.0 points in the last three games, hitting 11 of 21 from 3-point range.

    The Stars followed the matchup with Phoenix by losing three of four before winning their last game, 87-75 in New York on Thursday.

    Sophia Young-Malcolm had a team-high 18 points, her first game in double figures after sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL. The three-time All-Star hit 8 of 9 from the field after shooting 39.6 percent in her first seven games.

    "I'm gaining more confidence every day," Young-Malcolm said. "With the injury, there's a lot of mental stuff you have to go through. You try to just go out and play and let it come to you. You take it one day at a time and hope that it continues to get better."

    San Antonio also has Becky Hammon still getting her game back in shape after an ACL injury forced her to miss all but one game last year, and Shenise Johnson returned Thursday after missing three games with a hamstring problem.

    Phoenix's Diana Taurasi had at least 20 points for the fourth time in five games Friday, finishing with 22 but shooting 5 of 12.

    "I consider her the best player," Shock rookie Odyssey Sims said after somewhat limiting Taurasi's effectiveness. "She's capable of going off for 30 or 40 points."