Lynx Top Defending Champs
The Lynx snapped their five-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a resounding 92-82 victory over the defending champion Phoenix Mercury.
"What a tremendous statement game for our team. A five-game losing streak on any level isn't easy to go through," head coach Cheryl Reeve said. "What I told them was stay the course, don't get divided, continue to understand we are going about our business in the right way and good things will happen to us soon."
Coming off the bench for the first time in 2010, rookie Monica Wright tallied a career-high 32 points to lead all scorers. Newly acquired forward Rebekkah Brunson recorded her first double-double in a Minnesota uniform, scoring 16 points and snatching 15 boards in the home win.
"I just wanted to come in and be a spark to my team," Wright explained. "We started the game off great. We were only down one and we stayed with them throughout the game. We just took it five minutes at a time. That was a big thing for us. And defensively we worked our butt off. I am really proud of my team."
Another highlight of the game was the return of star player Candice Wiggins, who scored eight points and helped give the team a much needed spark. Wiggins felt her return was everything she could have hoped for.
"It was amazing," Wiggins said. "It was everything I was imagining it would be. Just you know the plight of an injured player is so up and down and frustrating and then just to play like this is amazing. I felt good."
Minnesota had nine 3-pointers against the Mercury surpassing its season-high of seven. Lindsey Whalen drilled 9-of-9 shots at the charity stripe while dishing out five assists. The Lynx defense was outstanding for the second straight game as they held the potent Mercury attack to just 55 points through three quarters.
"I think we continued to attack (in the third quarter). We were expecting them to come out and make a push for the game, they were only down two at halftime. We were expecting them to come out and make a run at it, but we continued to attack them. I think we got into the bonus pretty early. We played phenomenal defense," Wright said.
In front of the nationally televised audience on ESPN2, Minnesota captured its first home victory of the season to improve to 2-5 while Phoenix fell to 2-3 this year.
The Lynx head to Tulsa for their next contest on Friday night with tipoff set for 7:00 pm.
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