Lynx lose to Sparks

by Claire Meador
Lynx Writer

After what seemed to be a promising start to the game, Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the Minnesota lead as the Lynx fell to the Sparks 71-58 tonight at the Target Center.

Coach Cheryl Reeve was a woman of little words as she spoke with the media after the game, calling this one of the most embarrassing games of the season.

""I don't know where I can even start with any one thing," Reeve said."Probably the most frustrating thing is our inability to get to the ball in the hole. In a game with this magnitude, you know a team that is fighting for a playoff spot; we just haven't quite grasped how to win those kinds of games."

Although Alexis Hornbuckle made her debut tonight with the Lynx, she only tallied one point and one rebound in her first eight minutes of action. The Lynx recorded 11 offensive rebounds in the first half and 13 through three quarters, but that was pretty much the only highlight of the game.

Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson were silenced by Tulsa's' zone defense and Minnesota missed shot after shot. Augustus tallied only six points which marks just the third time in her career that she has scored less than 10 points in a game. Tina Thompson, Noelle Quinn and DeLisha Milton-Jones proved to be a deadly trio scoring big when the team was down and sinking multiple three-pointers.

Guard Lindsey Whalen felt this game was disappointing and not reflective of what the team is really able to accomplish. She said the only thing to do is look towards their next game.

"Well you have to move forward because we play on Thursday," Whalen said. "Obviously it was an embarrassing loss, but tomorrow when we go to Phoenix we will try to regroup that's all we can do. This is our stretch-run. We have 12 games left. So you know we will just have to win some games and stick together and keep playing hard, keep being aggressive and that's all you can do. Regroup and try to get the next one."

With the loss Minnesota is now 7-15. This game marked the end of their home-game stretch and they travel to Phoenix tomorrow to face the Mercury on Thursday.

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