Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Shock

Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate


Lynx (8-0) vs. Shock (0-7) – 7 p.m. BOK Center
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Although the Shock have yet to collect a win in the regular season, the Lynx are anticipating a competitive matchup tonight against a Tulsa team known for the defensive pressure it places on opposing teams. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Lynx come off their eighth win in as many games, a 79-55 decision over Seattle on Wednesday at Target Center. Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 17 points on 8-of-8 shooting and five Lynx players scored in double digits to clinch the win.

The Shock come off an over-time loss to the Chicago Sky yesterday. After the Sky pulled out a comeback down the stretch, the Shock had no answer for them in the extra minutes. Shock guard Ivory Latta had 25 points, but Sky guard Epiphanny Prince stole the show, posting 32 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Five of the Shock’s seven losses have been by less than five points, and the scrappy squad is skilled at forcing turnovers.

"We're planning for chaos," said coach Cheryl Reeve at yesterday’s practice. "That's what they do to teams and they turn teams over. They're scoring 23 points a game off their turnovers, so we're planning for that."

Last time out

Minnesota won all four of its games against Tulsa in 2011, averaging an 18-point margin of victory over the Shock. Their final matchup was the closest of the season, a 78-72 Lynx win on August 23. Center Taj McWilliams-Franklin led the Lynx in that game with 18 points, and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and four assists. Reserve Monica Wright chipped in 13 points and forward Rebekkah Brunson pulled down 10 boards on the night.

The Shock's Amber Holt scored 18 points, Tiffany Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Ivory Latta and Sheryl Swoopes added 10 points each. Latta is the only one of the four who has returned to the court for the Shock this year.

Key matchup: Moore vs. Lacy

In her second year in the WNBA and as a Lynx player, forward Maya Moore has carved out a role for herself as part of the Lynx starting five. A player who both offers a scoring threat and knows how to share the ball, Moore has provided consistent stats already this season. She's averaging 13.3 points per game and has scored in double digits in every contest but one this year, including a 19-point effort against the Seattle Storm on May 27 in which she went 5 for 7 from three.

Tulsa's Jennifer Lacy has gotten a slower start but is starting to put up big figures for the Shock. Coming off a 6.3 points per game season last year, the seventh-year forward is averaging 10.2 points per game this season, peeking in a 19-point game against the Mercury on June 3.

Cambage Down Under

The Shock have been playing without center Liz Cambage this season, as she's been away helping her native Australian National Team prepare for the London Olympic Games this summer.

In her rookie season last year, Cambage averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Shock.

Injury report

Lynx guard and leading scorer Seimone Augustus didn’t dress for Wednesday’s game against the Storm due to a strained right quadriceps. Reeve said after Wednesday’s game that resting Augustus was a precautionary measure to ensure that she stays healthy for the season. Augustus is questionable for tonight’s game against the Shock.
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