Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Storm

Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate


Lynx (3-0) vs. Storm (0-2) - 6 PM Target Center
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Having won their first two games of the season by an average of 20 points, the Minnesota Lynx gave fans a taste of something different Thursday night, when they came back from behind to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 92-84.

“We’re not thinking that we’re going to win every game, in terms of that it’s going to be easy, said coach Cheryl Reeve. “We know that every night in the WNBA is a tough night, and if we don’t come to play, we’ll get beat.”

The Lynx will aim to remain undefeated as they take on the Seattle Storm tonight at 6 p.m. at Target Center.

So far this season, the Lynx have topped Phoenix (105-83), New York (80-62) and Los Angeles with Seimone Augustus averaging 22 points between the three games and leading the team in scoring in each. But Minnesota has a roster full of capable players who know how to share the ball, with at least four of them scoring in double digits in each contest this year.

The Storm dropped their pair of regular season games to the Sparks, 72-66 on Friday, May 18 and 74-61 on Tuesday, May 22. Seattle’s offense has revolved around forward Tina Thompson and center Ann Wauters. Thompson is averaging 12.5 points per game, and Wauters boasts 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Last time out

The Lynx went 3-1 against the Storm last season, their final meeting a 92-67 Lynx victory at Target Center on July 29.

Reeve said after Thursday’s game that facing Seattle will be a tough defensive game for the Lynx.

“We’ve got to have that mindset that if we don’t score, they don’t score. And if we have that mindset and we have that grit, then we have a chance to be successful [against Seattle],” Reeve said.

Between scorers Thompson and Wauters as well as guard Sue Bird, the Lynx will have several offensive threats to focus on in order to get the win.

Key matchup: Wauters vs. Brunson

Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson has been a crucial part of the team’s presence in the paint this season, both on the offensive and defensive ends. Averaging 14.3 points and 8 rebounds per game through the team’s three, Brunson has been a key contributor, even against tough competitors like Candace Parker and Plenette Pierson.

Brunson was a driving force behind the Lynx’s comeback on Sunday against the Sparks, scoring seven of her 17 points in the crucial fourth quarter and holding Parker, who had 23 points on the night, scoreless in the fourth.

Brunson will have her work cut out for her on the defensive end again tonight, with Wauters off to a strong start for the Storm this season. Scoring 17 and 15 points against the Sparks in her first two games this season, Wauters currently sits at a 16 points per game average, equaling her 2011 season average.

Injury report

Amber Harris has not played in the regular season due to an ankle sprain suffered in their first preseason game against Connecticut May 10. She did participate in practice on Saturday.

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