Lynx Fall to Stars

by Claire Meador
Lynx Writer

It was almost like an instant replay of their last game tonight at the Target Center as the Lynx fell to the San Antonio Silver Stars 72-74.

With just seconds left in the game and the ball in Seimone Augusts' hands the Lynx almost put the game into overtime but she missed allowing San Antonio to come up with the win.

Through three quarters the Lynx held San Antonio to just 51 points and .339 percent from the floor, but their offense felt short once again. The first quarter featured four runs of at least five straight points by each team, with Minnesota scoring the first eight points of the game- points which were quickly answered by 12 straight from the Silver Stars.

Coach Cheryl Reeve felt this was a disappointing loss.

"We let one get away from us," Reeve said, "We were up 49-39 and we were playing pretty well. We had some great opportunities in our early offensive transition and we couldn't convert. We had some easy stuff, just not focused around the basket. We had a lot of lay-up opportunities that we missed. Disappointing game. For the magnitude of the game, every game is so big. For us to let one get away, it hurts."

Although they couldn't overcome the Silver Stars, both Rebekkah Brunson and Nicky Anosike recorded double-doubles. This was the first time this season that two Lynx players put up double-double figures in the same game. Augustus led the way with 22 points and Brunson added another 14.

Lindsey Whalen said that even though this was a tough loss, the team has to move forward and start thinking about their next game.

"Of course we're disappointed tonight," Whalen said. "But by tomorrow you need to put that out of your head and forget about tonight because we basically play in less than 48 hours. Phoenix is coming in and we have to be ready to go."

Anosike felt similarly, saying that the team controls their own fate, so they need to step up and take control. She said San Antonio was still the same team, they just made them look better.

"I think this loss we beat ourselves," Anosike said. "We didn't hit the easy shots that they gave us, free throws were crucial at the end of the game so basically we lost this game ourselves. Great teams control their own destiny's not the refs or any other factors."

With the loss, Minnesota moves to 7-13, their next game will be on Saturday at the Target Center, tipoff set for 7:00 pm.

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