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WNBA All-Star Break Update

July 24, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Megan Frazee listens to Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans - NBAE/Getty Images)

Megan Frazee listens to Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans - NBAE/Getty Images)

Click here to read San Antonio Express-News article on Megan Frazee

Click here for more information on WNBA LiveAccess

Liberty connections Megan Frazee, Katie (Feenstra) Mattera and Olaf Lange have experienced an up-and-down first half of the 2009 WNBA season with the San Antonio Silver Stars. At the All-Star break, the defending Western Conference champions own a 7-8 record and are clinging to the final playoff spot.

The Silver Stars, who would meet the Phoenix Mercury in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs if the season ended today, closed out the first half of the season with a bang. Playing before its home crowd at the AT&T Center, San Antonio routed the Indiana Fever Thursday morning, 84-65. The Fever had entered the contest with the best record in the WNBA.

As expected, the duo of Becky Hammon and Sophia Young has led the way for the Silver Stars during the first 15 games of the season. Hammon is averaging 19.5 ppg, while Young adds 17.3 ppg. Both players will suit up for the Western Conference at Saturday's All-Star Game, while Silver Stars head coach Dan Hughes will coach the squad.

Both Frazee and Mattera have been called upon to contribute numerous times this season, as key performers Hammon, Vickie Johnson, Ruth Riley and Shanna Crossley have all missed games for various reasons.

Frazee has appeared in 13 games during her rookie season for the Silver Stars, averaging 5.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 10.3 mpg. She has been at her best heading into the All-Star break, posting 9.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in her last four contests and scoring in double figures on three occasions. The productive stretch was highlighted by a 14-point, 9-rebound outburst versus Connecticut on July 17.

Frazee's increasing contributions are garnering some attention. On Thursday, she made her initial appearance in the "Honorable Mention" section of WNBA.com's weekly Rookie Rankings. Frazee was also the subject of an article in the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday. Click here to read Terrence Thomas' article.

Meanwhile, Mattera has also played in 13 games as Riley's backup in the post. She is shooting 61.9 percent from the field with 2.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 0.6 bpg. Mattera tallied eight points and four rebounds during the Silver Stars' season opener at Phoenix on June 6.

San Antonio will resume its season schedule Tuesday at 8 p.m., when the Seattle Storm invade the AT&T Center. As with most Silver Stars games, the contest will be video streamed live on WNBA LiveAccess. Click here for more information on this feature.

The Silver Stars' closest visit to Lynchburg the rest of the season will be an Aug. 20 contest at Atlanta. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that evening. San Antonio will also appear on ESPN2 for the second time this year, when the Silver Stars host Detroit in a rematch of the 2008 WNBA Finals. That contest is slated for 3 p.m. on Aug. 29.