The Lynx have been one of the most dominant teams in the WNBA in recent years, and show no signs of slowing down. After defeating the Sparks 83-74 earlier this week, they now prepare for a three game road trip against potential playoff contenders.
Lynx guard Maya Moore received Western Conference Player of the Month honors for August, and continues to play at an extremely high level. She put up 20 points against a Sparks defense that has a history of creating issues for her, and seems poised to attack at almost all times.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen recorded career-high 14 assists during the contest against Los Angeles, and has also been in a zone throughout the year. Whalen has been playing some of the smartest, most intense basketball of her career, and has been doing it with incredible success.
“I think it’s just the plays that coach puts us in, put us in good positions to make plays. I think that’s basically what it came down to. I thought we made good calls at the right times and executed down the stretch.”
Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen
Another key element in the Lynx success as of late has been the play of off-season acquisition Janel McCarville. Janel played with Lindsay Whalen during some of her time at the University of Minnesota and has integrated that continuity her and Whalen share into the Lynx offense. In the process McCarville has become the leading assist getter amongst WNBA centers averaging 2.9 per game.
During the game against the Sparks McCarville knocked down a difficult 3-point shot as time ran out in the first half that sent the crowd of 9,314 into an absolute frenzy.
“Whalen saw me in the corner and we work on threes all the time. It’s a normal shot for me. The coaches want me taking it and I was happy taking it…I just kind of stepped in and nailed it.”
Minnesota Lynx Center Janel McCarville
Rebekkah Brunson recorded her 11th double double of the season, and continues to be a defensive anchor for the Lynx. While Brunson is one of the most experienced members of the team, she brings a work-effort and a demeanor that is contagious in the locker room. The play of Rebekkah Brunson this season constantly reminds fans that offense isn’t everything.
Any overview of the Lynx could not be complete without discussing the contributions of Seimone Augustus whose 23 points and hustle led the Lynx to victory. Seimone has been filling box scores, and raising expectations from the moment she arrived in Minnesota. Her raw ability, mixed with her passion for the game, and appreciation for the fans puts Seimone Augustus in a truly rare class of athlete.
“Seimone was an easy game ball choice in that I just thought her approach from start to finish was terrific…When Seimone approaches the game like that we look at each other and say…’She’s in it, she’s locked in’. That usually bodes well for our team and we need that.”
Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve
The Western Conference isn’t locked up yet, the final games of the season can still have significant impact on how the playoffs will play out. The Lynx plan to work hard in each contest moving forward as they continue to set their own standards within the WNBA.
“If you don’t turn it up now, I don’t know when you are going to turn it up. We have all been here, we have all experienced the playoffs except for the few rookies we have. I’m going to do what I have to, to make sure we get back in position of winning the championship.”
Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus