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Shock-Silver Stars Preview

Aug 12, 2010 - 5:13 PM By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer

Tulsa (5-24) at San Antonio (11-18), 8:00 p.m. EDT

If the San Antonio Silver Stars are going to advance to the postseason for the fourth straight year, they'll have to play better at home. Avenging an AT&T Center loss to the WNBA-worst Tulsa Shock would be a good place to start.

San Antonio looks to snap a four-game home skid as it meets Tulsa for the final time this season Friday night.

The Silver Stars (11-18) are battling Minnesota and Los Angeles for the final Western Conference playoff spot, and San Antonio appears to have the advantage with four of its final five games at home.

The Silver Stars, though, have not won at the AT&T Center since July 18. They shot 4 of 22 from 3-point range and 8 of 15 from the foul line in a 73-66 home loss to the Lynx on Tuesday.

"We haven't been playing our best ball at home, but we should be taking advantage of that in front of our home fans," coach Sandy Brondello said. "But we'll learn from that and we're moving forward. We have a big game Friday against Tulsa.

"There are still five games to go in the season so every game counts and we'll treat every game like a playoff game. We know we had a tough loss against Tulsa last time they played here so we just have to refocus ..."

The Silver Stars took the first two meetings of the season with the Shock (5-24), but lost 75-70 at home July 16 as Tulsa avoided a franchise record-tying 13th consecutive loss.

The Shock have dropped six in a row on the road since that victory, falling 111-65 at Seattle on Saturday in the most lopsided defeat in WNBA history.

Coach Nolan Richardson's team has lost nine of 10 and 21 of 23.

"There's not much you can say when you get beat by (nearly) 50," Shock forward Nicole Ohlde said. "... We just got ourselves in a hole and it just kept getting worse and worse."

Guard Ivory Latta, leading the Shock with 12.0 points and 4.1 assists since re-signing with the club last month, has averaged 17.0 points and shot 8 for 10 from 3-point range in two games versus the Silver Stars this season. Latta made a season-high five 3s and scored 15 points at San Antonio last month.

Becky Hammon, who had a team-high 22 points in a 101-85 victory at Tulsa on July 30, is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 assists against the Shock in 2010.