Hello Lynx Fans... or I should say WORLD CHAMPION LYNX FANS! That has a nice ring to it, huh? I hope your offseason of basking in the glory of being a champion is going well. I have said this at every chance possible and Iíd like to say it again: I am SO PROUD of our group of players for the type of season we enjoyed together. We not only won a lot of games, but we enjoyed our journey to the fullest. The respect and selflessness we displayed towards one another each and every day makes the championship such a sweet one to forever hold dear.

How did we do it? As has been said by players and coaches on many occasions, we all believe it started in training camp for the Lynx. We had a great deal of "buy-in" to the goals we set for our season and worked very hard every day knowing that our hard work and commitment would pave the way for us.

Your 2011 Lynx were committed to the notion that defense and rebounding would win us a lot of games and put us in position to compete for the championship. We finished the season as the top rebounding team as well as the top defensive team. We held teams to just 41.3% shooting then grabbed 76.5% of the rebounds. This allowed us to start our running game where we finished 2nd in the league at 14.7 fast break points per game. On the offensive end, we had a lot of ways to attack our opponents. We converted field goal attempts at a 46.1 percent clip while doling out 18.2 assists per game. Each was key to our success each and every night.

I hope that all of you enjoyed the ride as much as we did! We will all spend some time enjoying this special season before itíll be necessary to gear up to do it all again. BACK TO BACK is the goal!!

On another front, the Lynx landed the #3 pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft when the annual Lottery was conducted on Nov. 10. The choice had been obtained from Washington in exchange for Nicky Anosike last April. Our staff will work throughout the offseason evaluating the top college seniors to make a determination who will best fit the Lynx. Below is a list of the current top prospects (in alphabetical order) in the draft:

Name School Height Position
Tiffany Hayes Connecticut 5-10 SF, SG
Glory Johnson Tennessee 6-3 PF
Shenise Johnson Miami (Fla.) 5-11 SF, SG
Nnemkadi Ogwumike Stanford 6-2 PF
Samantha Prahalis Ohio State 5-7 PG
Shekinna Stricklen Tennessee 6-2 SF, SG
Tyra White Texas A&M 6-0 SG, SF
Riquna Williams Miami (Fla.) 5-7 SG

Our friends at ESPN will present a record-high 108 womenís college basketball games during the 2011-12 season, so be sure to tune in to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 to scout the prospects! Click here for complete listings.

Take care and I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Cheryl Reeve


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