Minnesota San Antonio Notes

WNBA Post-Game Notes
Minnesota vs. San Antonio
June 28, 2005 @ Target Center

San Antonio 53

* Minnesota completed a 2-0 homestand with tonight's victory, its fifth straight at Target Center. The longest home winning streak in club history is seven, set in 2003; they also put together a six-game run last year. The Lynx improve to 6-1 overall at Target Center, but play three of their next four (beginning Thursday at Connecticut) on the road, where they've dropped three in a row (2-5 overall).

* San Antonio wrapped up a four-game road trip this evening, going 1-3 (notching a 64-49 victory at Charlotte last Thursday). The Silver Stars kick off a three-game homestand on Thursday night, when Seattle visits the SBC Center. San Antonio remains winless in eight starts against Western Conference opponents, falling to 3-12 overall and one game behind 6th-place Phoenix (3-10) in the West.

* The Lynx climb to 8-6 and remain tied with Los Angeles for 3rd place in the conference, percentage points behind Houston (7-5) and just 1.5 games in back of pacesetting Sacramento (9-4). Minnesota has beaten the Silver Stars in eight of the last 10 meetings overall, including six straight at Target Center since Utah took away a 79-75 overtime win on May 25, 2002. The Lynx are now 13-9 all-time vs. the Starzz/Silver Stars (10-2 at home); they'll visit San Antonio on July 26, then host the Silver Stars again on Aug. 9.

* San Antonio used a 15-2 surge to open up an 11-point lead with seven minutes left in the first half, starting the game 10-for-15 from the field. Minnesota closed the half with eight unanswered points to slice the margin to 30-28, then outscored the Silver Stars 23-7 over a nine-minute stretch of the second half to claim its biggest lead of the night at 61-48 with 3:17 to play. It's the second time this year the Lynx have overcome a double-digit deficit to win, also rallying from 11 down in the June 7 victory at Houston.

* The Silver Stars finished at 38.5%, their fifth sub-40% effort in the last six games. San Antonio falls to 0-11 when being outshot from the floor. Minnesota has held four consecutive opponents below 40%, giving up a combined 34.1% in that span. The Lynx, meanwhile, used a 48 percent second half to end at 42.9%. It's just their second trip over the 40% barrier in seven games; Minnesota improves to 5-1 when topping 40%. San Antonio entered the night ranked 12th in FG percentage defense, but had kept each of its previous two foes under 40%.

* Minnesota enjoyed a 33-26 rebounding advantage (20-13 in the second half), the eighth time in nine games they've outboarded the opposition. The Lynx also outscored San Antonio 48-22 in the paint, tying a franchise single-game record for paint points (previously: three times in 2003). It's only the second time in eight games that the Silver Stars have been outscored inside.

* The Lynx shot a season-low 1-for-13 from beyond the arc, after hitting 44.7% (21-for-47) in their previous three starts. Minnesota also posted season lows for free throws made and attempted (8-for-9), while San Antonio went 9-for-11; the Lynx have been outscored from the line in only three of 14 contests to date. Meanwhile, Minnesota handed out 21 assists, one shy of its season best (22 vs. Washington, June 11).

* Katie Feenstra tied her season best with 16 points and also hauled down a game-high nine rebounds off the bench for San Antonio. It's her third consecutive double-figure scoring effort and the third straight time she's topped the Silver Stars in rebounding; she's tallying 14.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg over the past three contests. Feenstra's performance helped San Antonio claim a 25-6 edge in bench scoring; their reserves also outscored Houston 26-6 on Sunday.

* Shannon Johnson handed out a game-high seven assists, pulling her with 54 assists of the 1000 mark for her WNBA career. She would become just the third player in league history to reach that mark (joining Ticha Penicheiro and Dawn Staley) and the first to collect 2000+ points and 1000+ assists.

* Vanessa Hayden led Minnesota with 17 points, one short of her career best (18 at Charlotte, Sept. 11, 2004), and also blocked three shots. Over her past five games, Hayden is averaging 11.0 ppg (on 50.0% shooting) and 3.0 bpg. Katie Smith tacked on 14 points, closing to within 34 of the 5000-point mark for her U.S. pro career.

* Kristi Harrower dealt a season-high six assists without a turnover; over her past eight games, Harrower has compiled 27 assists and just eight miscues. Svetlana Abrosimova swiped a season-high five steals, giving her 19 in the last eight contests. She now ranks 6th in the WNBA in steals (1.93 spg).

Vanessa Hayden 55
Points Rebounds Assists
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