Practice Report: June 25, 2014

Megan Schuster
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The Lynx are about one-third of the way through their season, and for the most part the toughest portion of their schedule is behind them.

After playing six games in 10 days, with three at home and three on the road, the team is happy to be in Minnesota practicing for a few days before heading to Seattle to face the Storm on Friday night.

Though the game in Seattle will be tough for the Lynx—the team lost 65-62 when it visited earlier this season—the upcoming stretch for Minnesota will be much less challenging travel-wise. Seven of the team’s next 10 games are at home, extending all the way until July 25.

Looking ahead, Janel McCarville said if the team can hang tough like they have to start the season, she believes they will come out with flying colors.

Reeve said in more ideal circumstances, the team would have looked to Monica Wright or Tan White to step into the role, but with Wright and Devereaux Peters still working to comeback from knee surgeries, it was important that they don’t focus on too much too soon.

“We knew the schedule was going to be challenging for us to start, but we handled it well,” McCarville said. “You know, I think we took a couple of tough losses, but everything that beat us we’re able to hopefully clean up and eliminate those problems.” Coach Cheryl Reeve felt the same as McCarville, saying her team fought hard to climb the mountain of a tough schedule, and that for the next month it will hopefully be more of a downhill slope.

“I thought we handled the stretch well. We didn’t play our best basketball but we found ways to win games for the most part,” Reeve said. “This is a group that just understands what we’ve got to do to fix things, to kind of get back over the hump, and I see a real bounce in their step right now being home.”

No matter what happens over the next month, win or lose, McCarville says that her team is unified and they will fight through it.

“We fought together, we went to war together, and for the most part we came out on the other side with wins,” McCarville said of the first part of the season.

Quick Hits

  • Nadirah McKenith practiced for the second day with her new team. She ran point for the second team, and Reeve seemed intent on getting her game-ready early on.

  • Seimone Augustus did some light stretching in practice today, but sat out for the majority. Despite this, Reeve said she is planning on Augustus starting in Friday night’s game.

  • Following Rebekkah Brunson’s first limited action in practice yesterday, Reeve said she is feeling good and was able to work on a resistance machine even more during Wednesday’s practice.

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