Lynx Hold Off Silver Stars 83-79
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But the Lynx held on in the fourth, beating San Antonio 83-79. The win ups them to 7-0 on the season and stretches their winning streak to 10 games, both franchise records.
Forwards Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson led the Lynx in scoring, each picking up 17 points and Brunson collecting eight rebounds. Lindsay Whalen added 15 points, seven assists and eight rebounds, while Seimone Augustus had 13 points.
“I thought we had some good individual performances,” said coach Cheryl Reeve. “And again, we had some good moments, we’re just disappointed that it became a game after such a big lead.”
San Antonio forward Danielle Adams scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half and Jia Perkins put up 12 of her 16 points after halftime. Forward Sophia Young had 14 points and seven rebounds on the night.
“We’re just going to try … to stay focused on the task at hand, which is always just the next game, one possession, one quarter at a time,” Reeve said.
Forward Maya Moore played big for the Lynx tonight, scoring 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and racking up five assists and three rebounds. She helped the Lynx build their lead against San Antonio, scoring 15 first-half points.
Moore has scored in double digits in six of their seven games this season, including a 19-point game against Seattle on May 27.
Moore said in the postgame locker room that, although they’re happy to get a win, the game presents several key areas the team needs to improve.
“There’s definitely some things on film that, strategically, we can learn from,” Moore said. “And also just seeing how bad it looks at times, when you let a team outrebound you as far as the offensive boards. That’s not who we want to be, and it’s definitely going to be some extra motivation after we watch that to make sure we don’t look anything less than the best rebounding team, which is what we want to be every year.”
Highlight of the Game
With 7:04 remaining in the third, Taj McWilliams-Franklin grabbed a steal and took off down the court, pushing the ball up to a breaking Lindsay Whalen, who hit Rebekkah Brunson with a bounce pass into the paint for the layup. Brunson completed the layup, getting fouled by San Antonio’s Danielle Robinson, and made the free throw for the three-point play.
The Numbers Game
The Lynx were outscored 24-17 in the third quarter and 50-33 in the second half. … The Lynx shot 68.8 percent in the first half compared with the Silver Stars’ 30.6 percent first-half shooting. … Minnesota turned the ball over 13 times, San Antonio only eight. … The Silver Stars held a 13-10 advantage on the offensive boards, but the Lynx outrebounded them 39-33 overall.
On keeping their focus coming into the third quarter with a lead:
“It’s absolutely difficult. But we have to do it. That’s what professionals are expected to do. And we’ve been there before; we’ve had leads going into halves before and increased leads. But it’s difficult; it’s something that we’re continuing to learn … so it’s a task, it’s a challenge, every game.” — Lynx forward Maya Moore
The Lynx face the Seattle Storm on Wednesday back at Target Center at 7 p.m., then head down to Tulsa to take on the Shock on Saturday, June 9.
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