Embracing the strategy, the Lynx lit up the outside for an 88-57 blowout win Sunday night at Target Center, ending their three-game losing streak.
"You suck them in and you throw it out," Reeve said.
Minnesota (18-6) hit 11 of 19 shots from three-point range. Although they were out-scored 24-16 in the paint, getting the usual starting five back (Rebekkah Brunson returned from a sore right knee injury) was monumental, with the defense giving New York (10-15) fits inside.
"They run the triangle offense really well and it's hard to guard. We wanted to get them off as far as we could and they weren't able to run it so much," said Lynx center Janel McCarville.
No Liberty player scored more than 11 points, with Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery reaching those numbers. Inside, DeLisha Milton-Jones only made two of 12 shots, and Plenette Pierson converted just twice in her nine attempts. The Lynx blocked eight shots overall while the Liberty had only one rejection.
Complicating the situation was the absence of Cappie Pondexter, out with a right heel bruise.
"We were the catalyst of some of their runs. We would turn the ball over three times in a row, and they would score eight points," Milton-Jones said.
The Lynx scored 19 points off 14 Liberty turnovers. Maya Moore had a season-high 28 points to lead all players, hitting six triples to match her career-high in that category. McCarville also had a season-high in scoring with 12 points.
Those numbers were secondary to the breakthrough effort of Rachel Jarry, the Australian rookie who had not scored a point in nearly two months. Coming in midway through the third quarter, Jarry electrified the Target Center crowd with 11 points, including three treys.
"It is tough to be on the bench. You sort of feel like you have to contribute," she said. "It does take a while. There are a lot of nuances that the girls that have been here a while know in and out. I've been getting up a lot of shots and obviously, it paid off tonight."
Minnesota now sits a half-game ahead of Los Angeles for the top seed in the Western Conference, while New York sits one game behind Indiana for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"It is only one game and we try and take it one game at a time. It can easily go the other way if we don't continue to climb and take the little things and the preparation and continue it," Moore said.