6 P.M. at Connecticut • No TV, 106.1-FM
Lynx update: Coming off their most impressive defensive display of the season — albeit against an injury-ravaged San Antonio squad — the Lynx can take sole possession of first place in the WNBA’s Western Conference with a victory. Minnesota held the Stars to 29 percent shooting and 49 points overall, both season lows for a Lynx opponent. That allowed for a victory despite the Lynx tying a season low in scoring. The Lynx have now held five opponents below 60 points this season. F Maya Moore, chosen the WNBA’s player of the week for the first time this season after averaging 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games, had her fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points; she has averaged 23.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in those games. Guard Seimone Augustus has scored in double figures in all but one game this season.
Sun update: Despite playing without reigning rookie of the year Chiney Ogwumike (out for the season following offseason microfracture surgery on her knee), the Sun was the surprise of the early part of the season, racing to a 7-1 record. But the Sun has lost its past three games, including a 20-point drubbing on Sunday in Chicago that dropped Connecticut into a tie for first with Chicago in the hypercompetitive Eastern Conference, where five of six teams have winning records. The biggest problem is defense; the Sun has allowed 88.3 points, 53 percent shooting and 48.8 percent shooting on three-pointers over its past three games. The Sun is led by guard Alex Bentley, who averages 16.8 points; center/forward Kelsey Bone (15.2), and forward Alyssa Thomas (10.1).