Lynx Hammer Liberty for 11th Win

Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate


After stomaching their first defeat of the season, a 65-62 loss to Seattle Sunday, the Minnesota Lynx returned to Target Center hungry for a win against New York. Their efforts weren’t in vain as they cruised to their second-highest scoring total of the season, taking down the Liberty 102-71.

The Lynx trailed 22-17 after the first quarter, with no one player scoring more than 4 points. Minnesota shot a disappointing 27.3 percent compared with New York's 42.9 percent first-quarter shooting.

 "I think coming off of a loss, we were trying hard," said coach Cheryl Reeve. "And that's what I told them -- almost too hard in that first quarter. You know, they really wanted to respond to our loss in Seattle. ... I thought all of them were working really hard, but we weren't scoring a thing."

The Lynx switched gears in the second quarter, when Seimone Augustus scored 12 of her 26 points. She was one of five Lynx players to score in double digits, including Devereaux Peters (18), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (15), Maya Moore (12), and Candice Wiggins (10).

New York's Cappie Pondexter was on fire early, scoring 13 points in the first half and finishing the night with 30 on 11-of-21 shooting with four three-pointers and five assists. Nicole Powell added 16 points and five rebounds for the Liberty.

Lynx vs. Liberty

Lynx rookie Devereaux Peters posted her highest-scoring game with 18 points and six rebounds. She scored six points in the crucial second quarter and 10 in the third, helping Minnesota respond to the Liberty's early aggression and turn the tide of the game in their favor.

"You know, the rookie wasn't bad," joked Reeve after the game. "Dev's a possession player; she competes. And when you compete and you play that hard, great things happen to you. And I thought tonight was a great example of that."

Augustus on Monster Game


Leader of the Pack: Seimone Augustus

Seimone Augustus scored just 12 and 14 points in the two games after she returned from a quad injury but came to life tonight with 26 points, connecting on 4-of-4 from three-point range. She also managed to dish out a team-high eight assists and committed no turnovers.

"Seimone was huge for us. You know, she just has that gift of being able to put the ball in the hole," said Reeve. "[She's] very prideful. You slow her down for two games, and of course she's going to find that inner part of her that just says, 'I'm not going to let this happen.' And I thought her approach was really good."

Highlight of the Game

A series of Seimone Augustus plays in the second quarter got the Target Center crowd on its feet and helped the Lynx gain momentum. Augustus hit a three-pointer from Taj McWilliams-Franklin at 7:16 followed by a jumpshot on the next possession. Seconds later, she returned an assist to McWilliams-Franklin for an easy layup, allowing the Lynx to pull within five.

The Numbers Game

With tonight's win, the Lynx improve to 11-1 for the first time in franchise history. ... New York scored just seven fourth-quarter points, matching the fewest the Lynx have ever allowed in a fourth quarter (August 7, 2010 at Chicago). ... Maya Moore posted her first double-double of the season and the second of her career with 12 points (including three three-pointers) and 10 rebounds (including five offensive). ... The Lynx grabbed a season-high 49 rebounds, including a season-high 16 offensive boards.

Quote of the Night

" Well, obviously the first part of the game was a challenge for us, and we kind of continued our offensive woes that we experienced a little bit in Phoenix and certainly in Seattle. But then we started playing off our defense a little bit, and I thought we started flying around and getting deflections and just playing really, really hard, and we turned the tide of the game. And for those last three quarters, I thought we were pretty impressive." --Coach Cheryl Reeve

Looking Ahead

The Lynx have two to go in their three-game homestand: against Chicago on Saturday, June 23, and against Phoenix on Wednesday, June 27. They then head to San Antonio for a July 1 game.
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