Featured: Back to Their Winning Ways

Alex Conover
Web Editorial Assistant

For a short period Thursday night, the fans were starting to wonder.

The New York Liberty had a 28-17 lead early in the second quarter, and the hometown Lynx simply weren’t hitting their shots.

For a Minnesota team that had lost their previous game to the Seattle Storm after starting the season 10-0, it looked like another defeat was on the horizon.

Then, it clicked.

Sharpshooting wing Seimone Augustus led her team on a 13-0 run, scoring seven points of her own. The Lynx took the lead and never looked back, eventually cruising to a 102-70 victory.

The Target Center crowd responded with high energy until the final buzzer. Their team was back to normal, back to what was expected: high-energy, top-level basketball.

“I think we just came out like we did the Seattle game, just going through the motions,” said Augustus after the game. “And something kind of clicked. I think the fans were kind of waiting for us to get on that run. And once we got on that run, the Target Center started to rock, and we just fed off the fans' energy.”

Augustus went on to score a season-high 26 points, 12 of which came in the second quarter. She also led the squad with eight assists and did not commit a single turnover.

That’s not to say that Augustus completely stole the show. Four other Lynx players registered double digits scoring, including rookie forward Devereaux Peters who broke out and logged 18 points in less than 19 minutes.

“Dev's a possession player, she competes,” said coach Cheryl Reeve. “And when you compete and you play that hard, great things happen to you. I thought tonight was a great example of that.”

Between Augustus, Peters and the rest of the team, the Lynx shot a combined 55% in the final three quarters while holding the Liberty to 37%.

While those observing the early deficit may have been concerned, Lynx center Taj McWilliams-Franklin wasn’t worried. As a player with quite a bit of WNBA experience, she saw the bigger picture.

“I don't know if it's that serious,” said the 13-year veteran. “We're happy to be home. We lost one game out of 11, so we just wanted to come out and give our home fans a nice showing and win the game. We wanted to make sure we actually played a lot harder than we did in the last two games on the road.”

Despite losing to Seattle earlier this week, the Lynx still have a streak to protect: their home court record. Dating back to last season, Minnesota has won seven straight home games. And with two more home games to close out June, the Lynx will do their best to keep that streak alive.

One thing’s for sure: after a dominating 32-point win Thursday night, the Lynx are definitely back to their old tricks.
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