Big 2nd Half Lifts Lynx Past Shock, 92-83
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It was a game dominated by the Lynx’s starters, with all five scoring in double digits. Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen finished with 19 points each, and Seimone Augustus added 18 while Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14.
"Frankly, this team doesn't have a whole lot to play for,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. "But it sure doesn't look like it when you watch them, every time they play. They're going out there to win games. There are some other people that have "the future of their team" in mind. This team is trying to win games right now. And they're playing extremely hard, and, I think, playing extremely well."
But the Lynx hit their offensive peak in the third quarter, when Moore and Augustus scored eight points each and the squad outscored Tulsa 29-11. Minnesota also held a 14-2 rebounding advantage in the third quarter. That rebounding advantage was a theme that permeated the entire game, as the Lynx ended up with 44 boards to the Shock's 25.
Leader of the Pack: Rebekkah Brunson
Brunson has been on fire in recent games, averaging a double-double since the Olympic break. Tonight, in addition to her 17 points, she also pulled down 11 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double.
"We're winning, and that's the most important thing," Brunson said of her streak. "As long as we continue doing that, it doesn't really matter what my numbers are. As long as we're getting it done as a team, that's what's important." Highlight of the Game
As the Shock were running the clock down at the end of the first quarter, the Lynx were poised and ready on defense. After an unsuccessful Tulsa shot, Maya Moore grabbed the rebound and kicked it up to a streaking Lindsay Whalen, who completed the layup in the final second of the quarter.
The Numbers Game
In addition to their 44-25 rebounding advantage, the Lynx held an 18-6 advantage in offensive boards. ... The only points from the Lynx's bench came from a Candice Wiggins 3-pointer, while Tulsa's reserves combined for 41 of their 83 points. ... The Shock held a 48-42 advantage in points in the paint.
"We just knew that we had to turn it up. We weren't playing at the level we wanted to play at in the first half, and we knew that this is a team that was playing very well, and they weren't going to go away, and they weren't going to hand us anything. So we knew that we just had to pick up our intensity defensively and run our offense with poise and get things done." — Rebekkah Brunson
The Lynx have two more at Target Center, one on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Sparks and one on Friday against the Atlanta Dream, both at 7 p.m. Catch Friday’s game against the Dream on Fox Sports North.
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