The Minnesota Lynx host the Tulsa Shock at 6 p.m. tonight. Fans can listen to the game by turning their radio to BOB 106.1 FM or watch it by turning their TV to FOX Sports North.
What should you be looking for during tonight's game? Here are a few notes to prepare you for this Western Conference battle:
Entering tonight’s game against the Shock, Minnesota has won 12 straight against Tulsa, dating back to a 78-67 win over the Shock on June 18, 2010. The Lynx now hold a 23-11 all-time edge against Detriot/Tulsa, including holding a 14-3 record at Target Center.
The Lynx enter tonight’s game having won a franchise-record 11 consecutive regular season games at Target Center, a streak that began July 12, 2012 vs. Tulsa. During the streak, the Lynx have outscored opponents by an average of 13.7 points per game, including holding a +17.0 point differential at home this season.
Tonight’s game wraps up a stretch that saw the Lynx playing three games in five nights, previously having defeated Phoenix on Wednesday before falling in Los Angeles on Friday. Minnesota is in the midst of a seven-game string where they face just three opponents (Los Angeles three times, Phoenix and Tulsa twice).
One of the keys to tonight’s game will be the turnover battle. Tulsa thrives at turning turnovers into easy baskets, ranking fourth in the league with 16.8 points off turnovers per game. Meanwhile, the Lynx enter tonight as the league’s best team at minimizing turnovers (12.3 topg). In their first meeting, Tulsa turned Minnesota’s 13 miscues into 18 points, while committing a season-low five turnovers themselves.
Minnesota enters tonight leading the league in both highest offensive rebounding percentage (.374) and second-chance scoring (15.4 ppg). In their previous meeting with Tulsa this season, the Lynx turned 15 offensive rebounds into a season-high 21 second chance points.
In their first meeting, the Lynx held a +18 rebounding margin over the Shock, their second largest rebounding differential of the season. This year, Minnesota is outrebounding opponents by an average of 8.4 rebounds per game, while Tulsa enters today with a -5.5 rebounding differential.
Seimone Augustus has been brilliant at home so far this season, averaging 19.0 points per game while shooting a blistering 66.7% (24-for-36) from the floor. She enters tonight ranked 10th in the WNBA in scoring (16.0 ppg) and 14th in field goal percentage (49.5%).
After averaging 2.5 points per game in her first four games of the year, Janel McCarville has found her stride offensively in the past three games, averaging 8.3 points on 61.1% shooting during Minnesota’s three-game road swing.
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