Scouting Report: Lynx vs Liberty
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Lynx (10-1) vs. Liberty (4-7) – 7 p.m. Target Center
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After dropping their first game of the season to the Seattle Storm Sunday, the Lynx look to come back strong on their home court tonight as they take on the New York Liberty at 7 p.m.
“We felt like there were so many opportunities,” said forward Maya Moore of the loss to Seattle. “I mean, there were so many things in the entire game that could’ve changed things. But lesson learned. I think this team will definitely take this one, remember it and use it to help us to be better in the future.”
In the 65-62 loss to the Storm, the Lynx managed to overcome a 17-point deficit in the second quarter to bring it within one late in the game, but Tina Thompson’s two free throws in the final minutes sealed the win for the Storm. Maya Moore scored 14 points for the Lynx, and Seimone Augustus had 12.
The Liberty come off their fourth win in six games against Atlanta on Tuesday, 73-60. Cappie Pondexter totaled 14 points and 13 assists against the Dream, and Essence Carson added 14 points of her own. The Liberty were outrebounded 38-28, but shot 50.8 percent on the night compared with Atlanta’s 35.3 percent.
Last time out
The Lynx came out on top in their first game against New York this year, an 80-62 win in their second regular season game. Augustus put up 22 points, with Moore adding 15 and Rebekkah Brunson 14. Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Liberty stayed close for the first 15 minutes of play, after which the Lynx took control on a 17-4 run lasting into the third quarter.
New York’s Cappie Pondexter had 15 points, and Essence Carson added 13. Kia Vaughn grabbed 11 rebounds.
Key matchup: Pondexter vs. Augustus
Having recently returned after missing a pair of games due to a quad injury, guard Seimone Augustus hasn’t missed a beat. Putting up 14 and 12 points against Phoenix and Seattle respectively, she has continued her scoring ways and averages 17 points per game. The Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter, similarly, has provided a scoring spark for New York this year, putting up 18.3 points per game. Her 14 points against the Dream Tuesday lifted her team to victory, and the Liberty are 3-1 this year when Pondexter scores 20 points or more.
"When (Pondexter) plays like she did and we play good team defense, we can win games on the road," coach John Whisenant said after their win over Atlanta. "We demand that she does her part on defense as well as offense. We don't have any other options. She has to perform well for the Liberty to do well. It's that simple."
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