Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Silver Stars
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Lynx (6-0) vs. Silver Stars (2-2) - 6 p.m. Target Center
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The Minnesota Lynx have jumped out to a franchise record-setting 6-0 start this season. They look to improve to 7-0 against the San Antonio Silver Stars tonight at 6 p.m. at Target Center.
The Lynx come off of a win over the Connecticut Sun on Friday, in which Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Rebekkah Brunson recorded her first double-double of the season. Lindsay Whalen had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
“The intensity that their team plays with is like none other,” said Augustus in the postgame locker room. “We expect that of a playoff team, and this year they are going to be fighting for a playoff spot and possibly playing in the finals. For our motivation and for our confidence moving forward, this was a very good win.”
Connecticut’s Tina Charles had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Renee Montgomery added 16 points for the Sun and Kara Lawson had 14.
Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon’s 30 points led San Antonio to its most recent win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday. Sophia Young had 16 points in the 85-66 victory for San Antonio, and Jia Perkins added 14. Jayne Appel had seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Last time out
The teams last met during last year's postseason when the Lynx eliminated the Silver Stars in the Western Conference semifinals 2-1. Seimone Augustus was on her game all the way through the series, averaging 21.7 points through the three games against San Antonio, and Rebekkah Brunson averaged 13 rebounds.
During the 2011 regular season, the Lynx swept their four-game series against the Silver Stars, winning by one point in their first matchup but increasing the deficit each game. Their last regular season win over San Antonio came on August 28, a 72-61 victory that clinched for the Lynx the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time in history.
Key matchup: Augustus vs. Hammon
After being named 2011’s WNBA Finals MVP, Augustus has picked up right where she left off. Averaging 22 points per game in last year’s postseason, she’s kept with her scoring ways this year, starting out with a 19 points per game scoring average. As a WNBA veteran who is the focus of many opposing teams’ game plans, Augustus also knows how to get her teammates involved when she’s drawing defensive attention.
Guard Becky Hammon has provided her usual scoring threat for the Silver Stars, averaging 19.8 points per game this season, including Friday’s 30-point game. Hammon averaged 16.3 points through the playoff series against the Lynx last year.
Sunday is Faith and Family Night at Target Center
Sunday's game against the Silver Stars is Faith and Family Night. Immediately following the Lynx and Silver Stars' game, there will be a post-game chapel service led by the team chaplain and Lynx players, performances by the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Choir and illusionist Norm Barnhart, and Lynx stars Maya Moore, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Candice Wiggins and Monica Wright will share with the crowd stories of their own personal faith journey and how they have used their faith to assist them in their athletic careers. All youth groups in attendance will be entered in a drawing to participate in a pre-game chalk talk with Lynx assistant coach Jim Petersen and the chance to high-five Lynx players as they enter the court through the fan tunnel. CLICK HERE for more info on Faith and Family Night.
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