Lynx Defeat Shock
by Claire Meador
Seimone Augustus made her home debut and returned for her first game back at the Target center in over a year, as the Lynx defeated the Shock 78-67.
Augustus shined, with 27 points, and five three-pointers, which surpassed her career-high of four set back in June 2009. Although they struggled on offense, shooting only 31 percent, Minnesota out-rebounded the Shock 41-36 and played phenomenal defense holding the Shock to only 22 points in the second half. The Lynx hit nine shots from the arc, tying their season-high which they set on June 1 against Phoenix.
Coach Cheryl Reeve said she was proud of what her team accomplished tonight despite their lack of offense.
"For the first time this year we weren't the best on offense, was not a great shooting night for us," Reeve said. "But our defense really carried us through the game and I was really impressed with our defensive effort. I just thought we had people playing really hard."
A home crowd favorite, Augustus' presence was felt on and off the court, and she didn't disappoint.
"She's just such a gifted offensive player," Reeve said. "I think the first two games for Seimone her pace wasn't there, wasn't effective. Her ability to sprint hard off of a screen to get herself open wasn't there. I thought Seimone did a much better job of that tonight. She understood her opportunities and how to get them."
Augustus felt similarly and said she felt a fluidity and consistency that the team has been missing in previous games.
"We just settled in and took our time," Augustus said. "I think other games we kind of rushed our offense and the shots, and the thing we got tonight weren't available because we were rushing."
Other highlights of the game included Candice Wiggins 1,000 career point scored with a made free throw in the second quarter. She became just the sixth Lynx player to accomplish this feat. She was also 4-4 at the free-throw line, upping her streak to 41 consecutive marks.
With the loss, Tulsa is now 3-7, but will have home-court advantage as they face the Lynx in less than 24 hours for their next contest. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm tomorrow night in Tulsa.
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