Scouting Report: Lynx at Storm

Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate


Lynx (10-0) vs. Storm (2-7) – 8 p.m. Key Arena
Where to Watch: No TV; WNBA Live Access
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After having avoided discussion about the Lynx’s early season winning streak for several weeks, even coach Cheryl Reeve had to admit that breaking the WNBA record for the best start to a season felt good.

“We’re excited about that,” said Reeve after the Lynx’s record-breaking win over Phoenix on Friday. “We’re not a team that talks about records, but when it got to be nine we thought, … ‘Let’s embrace this thing and take our place in history.’ We’re happy to be the only team to start off 10-0.”

Tonight, they go for No. 11 as they take on the Storm in Seattle at 8 p.m.

In Phoenix, guard Lindsay Whalen led the way for the Lynx on 11-of-14 shooting with 29 points. Seimone Augustus had 14 points in her return to the court after missing the previous two games with a strained quad. Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner had 18 points and Candice Dupree finished with 14.

The Storm comes off its second win of the season over Tulsa on Friday, an 86-73 decision in which Sue Bird scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Katie Smith had 17 points and Tina Thompson had 16.

Last time out

The Lynx have won two matchups against the Storm this season, the first 84-71 on May 27 and the second 79-55 on June 6, both at Target Center.

Their more recent contest was all about Taj McWilliams-Franklin, as she made 8-of-8 from the field and scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lynx to an easy victory. She was just one of five Lynx players in double digits, with teammates Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Candice Wiggins and Devereaux Peters all adding big numbers. The Storm’s Tanisha Wright had 14 points.

Key matchup: Whalen vs. Bird

Lindsay Whalen has been leading her team in assists this season with 5.3 per game, good for fifth-best in the league. But Friday night, she got the chance to showcase her scoring ability, going 11-for-14 on 78.6 percent shooting. She’s averaging 11.1 points per game this season and ranks first in the WNBA for total assists with 53.

Storm guard Sue Bird is scoring just ahead of Whalen in 2012, sitting at an 11.6 points per game average, but in her two outings against the Lynx this year, Bird scored only five and seven points. She’s finished five games in single digit scoring this season and exploded for over 20 points twice. Bird sits just behind Whalen at the number two spot for total assists with 51 and ranks second in the league in assists per game with 5.7.

Injury report

After returning to practice last week, Augustus played her first game in 12 days Friday after having missed their previous two against Seattle and Tulsa because of a strained quad.

“It feels good,” said Augustus after playing Phoenix Friday night. “It’s still giving me a little bit of trouble, but the more I play on it, the faster I’ll be able to get back into the flow of my game. … Overall I felt I was able to do what I needed to do.”

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