Lynx Conquer Silver Stars

by Claire Meador
Lynx Writer

The Lynx defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars 84-78 tonight in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Target Center.

It was the perfect gift to their fans for fan appreciation night as Minnesota shut down high-scoring Becky Hammon and her fellow teammates. Although the Lynx got off to a rocky start, they quickly regrouped and refocused to come back and win their final home game of the season.

Minnesota out-rebounded San Antonio 35-27, and also led in assists. They dominated in the paint holding a 38-14 advantage and also led in fast-break points. Coach Cheryl Reeve was all smiles as she talked to the media after the game, and couldn't say enough positive things about the way her team played tonight.

"It was a great time to show our fans how much we appreciate them with how hard we played," Reeve said. "I thought we executed a lot of stuff and we had a terrific, terrific guard play tonight between Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, and Monica Wright. They just carried us and we survived a great game by Hammon."

Off the bench Charde Houston was a tremendous impact tonight making timely steals and playing terrific defense. She had eight rebounds for the night and helped the Lynx clinch the crucial win.

Even though the Lynx defended her really well, Hammon still came up with a whopping 30 points and grabbed six rebounds. It just wasn't enough to overcome the chemistry the Lynx had on the court however.

Reeve also pointed out that they've got a tough road ahead of them, with their next three games being away but she is more than confident that her players will be able to handle the pressure.

"Anything can happen," Reeve said. "We've got the toughest road of any of the teams that we're battling with but, okay. This team doesn't mind playing on the road. I like our chances and we're going to go out and compete. We've got hard games there's no question about that, but every game and every possession you're going to see our players play with a sense of urgency, we've got three games we'll see what happens."

In an ecstatic locker room, Rebekkah Brunson shared her feelings about the game.

"We knew that this was an important game coming into it." Brunson said. And initially we didn't get the start that we wanted to, but we took a timeout, gathered ourselves together and we went out there and it was a collective effort."

After a outstanding game guarding veteran Hammon, Augustus said she was extremely of the way Wright played and defended the sharp-shooter.

"Rookie stepped up big time," Augustus said. "We've been telling her all season long, 'be poised, stay under control,' she's quicker than most players in this league and when she elevates she's probably one of the best players in this league. I was just proud to see her come out, make plays and stay under control which you don't really see from rookies in this league."

With the win Minnesota is now in a three-way tie with San Antonio and Los Angeles for third place in the Western Conference. They head to Seattle for their next game on Tuesday night; tipoff is set for 9:00pm.

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