Minnesota is off to its best start behind a rookie coach and a 38-year-old point guard

Lynx on Track

San Antonio, June 4, 2003 -- Granted it’s not the prototypical recipe for success, but you can’t argue with success.

38-year-old rookie Teresa Edwards has helped the Lynx jump out to a 3-1 start in 2003.
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The Minnesota Lynx, an organization that entered the season with a four-year mark of 52-76, including a 10-22 record last year, is 3-1, its best start in franchise history, with a 37-year-old rookie coach and a soon-to-be 39-year-old rookie point guard. The coach is Suzie McConnell Serio, who retired from the league after the 2000 season. The point guard is Teresa Edwards, a three-time USA Basketball Player of the Year and McConnell Serio’s Olympic teammate in 1988 and 1992.

“I think she looked at this as a great opportunity, as a good fit for her, and a great situation having known each other; having played on the Olympic team with Katie Smith and she is aware of the players that we have,” said McConnell Serio. “The players obviously had an immediate respect for her because of the type of player she was and what she has accomplished in this game.”

With Edwards running the point, McConnell Serio walking the sidelines, Smith (16.8 ppg) and Svetlana Abrosimova (16.5 ppg) pacing the team in scoring, and Sheri Sam, the second pick in the Dispersal Draft, contributing 11.3 points per game, all signs point to a dramatic turnaround for a team that has never finished higher than fourth place, which happened during its inaugural season in 1999.

Minnesota’s third victory this season was an overtime win over Houston, a team the Lynx had never beaten. Its lone loss came to two-time defending champion Los Angeles and was only by three points (83-80). After four games, Minnesota is third in the league in scoring at 73.8 points per game and in second place in the Western Conference, one game behind the unbeaten Sparks.

"It's a good sign that we're in every game at the end," McConnell Serio told the Minnesota Star-Tribune, "and three out of four times, we've found a way to win.”

The Lynx certainly has L.A. coach Michael Cooper’s attention.

“The only team that we have a real hard time with is Minnesota, which has a lot of little people that can get it done, and they’re really good in terms of team defense,” said Cooper. “I don’t fear them, but I respect them. That’s a team that presents some problems.”