Lynx Reach Milestones In Win Over Shock
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After a three-game losing streak, the Lynx needed a spark to get them on track for their last two games against the Shock before the break.
They found yesterday that scoring over 100 points on record-breaking shooting with five players scoring in double digits certainly doesn't hurt.
In the 107-86 victory, the Lynx shot a WNBA record-breaking 69.5 percent from the floor, including 11-of-16 from 3-point range, totaling the WNBA-best ninth game the Lynx have shot above 50 percent this year.
“[Minnesota] is really good," Tulsa coach Gary Kloppenburg said after the game. "They shot 70 percent. I don’t know very many teams that ... five-on-zero can shoot 70 percent. I give them a lot of credit.”
The game also marks the fourth time the Lynx have won by at least 20 points this season. Minnesota leads the league with a +11.1 point differential and 86.6 points per game.
The day's top performer was Candice Wiggins; she exploded for 25 points off the bench, more than doubling her season-high of 12 and coming within two points of her career-high 27-point effort back in 2008. She shot 8-of-12 including 6-of-9 from three-point range, contributing to the team's 68.8 3-point shooting percentage.
“It was a really hard game," coach Cheryl Reeve said. "We had a couple turnovers and [Tulsa] got their wheels rolling; any time there was an open three they knocked it down. We knew it would be a hard game, but we just stayed the course and Wiggins was really good for us.”
Other Lynx players in double figures included Maya Moore with 24 points, Seimone Augustus with 17 points, Lindsay Whalen with 14 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin with 12. McWilliams Franklin had a team-high eight rebounds, and Whalen dished out seven assists.
The Shock kept it close through most of the game, leading the Lynx 30-25 after the first quarter and only trailing by five at halftime. They'd cut the deficit to three by the end of the third quarter, but the Lynx came out with a 31-point fourth quarter and held the Shock to just 13. Ivory Latta led Tulsa with 25 points but scored only four in the crucial final quarter.
"The second half we tried to get up, really fight them, and they hit some difficult shots," Kloppenburg said. "It's tough when teams are making tough shots like that. That type of percentage is going to be difficult to overcome for anybody."
Seimone Augustus said that, although their offense was clicking, it was the Lynx's tough defense that was the game-changer.
"[Tulsa] took a lot of tough shots and they made a lot of tough shots," Augustus said. "The key was dictating action and where we wanted them to go and what we wanted them to do. That was what we were able to do in the fourth quarter."
The Lynx return to Target Center at 12 p.m. tomorrow for their final game before the league’s month-long break, facing Tulsa again and looking for their third win against the struggling Shock.
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