Lynx Top Dream

by Claire Meador
Lynx Writer

The Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream today at the Target Center with an 83-81 win in the last seven seconds of the game.

Seimone Augustus led the way with 22 points and Lindsey Whalen added another 17 points for the Lynx. The real game clincher however came with 38 seconds left in the game when Nicky Anosike drained two free throws to tie the game at 81. After a short timeout Anosike got the ball to Rebekkah Brunson who made an easy layup to give them their two point lead.

Through three quarters, the Lynx held Dream All-Star combo Angel Mccoughtry and Iziane Castro-Marques to just 4 and 6 points respectively. Minnesota held Atlanta to .350 percent shooting in the first half, and had 15 assists on 21 made baskets.

Coach Cheryl Reeve was nothing but smiles as she talked to the media after the game.

"Obviously a fun game for us here at the Target Center," Reeve said. "What I'm really happy about, and what I told the team is, we shot 38 percent, 16 percent from the 3-point line 69 percent from the free-throw line all numbers that are well below what we need to be able to do, and still won the game. We still found a way to win the game."

Reeve felt that their defense really pulled them through this game and allowed them to come up with the win. Reeve singled out Center Nicky Anosike as being the player of the game.

"Last two minutes in a game like that players make plays," Reeve said. "Nicky made a great defensive possession where she got a steal, makes two big free throws and has a heck of a pass out of the time out to Brunson for the two points."

Whalen felt similarly about the game and feels that the team is in a good place right now.

"We're feeling really good today," Whalen said. "We're definitely going to enjoy this one and get back to work tomorrow and get ready for Saturday. We're in a good rhythm right now and we're practicing really hard."

This is Minnesota's fifth win in their last seven games and they improve to 7-11 on the season. With San Antonio's loss earlier today they move to third place with their win. If the Mercury lose tonight, today's win will vault the Lynx into 2nd place in the Western Conference.

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