Scouting Report: Lynx at Shock
Web Editorial Associate
Lynx (13-4) vs. Shock (3-13) - 11:30 a.m. BOK Center
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With only two games remaining before the league's month-long break, the Minnesota Lynx are hoping to snap their three-game losing streak and collect a pair of wins over the Tulsa Shock to gain some needed momentum heading into the second half of the season.
Even with three consecutive losses, the Lynx remain atop the Western Conference at 13-4, while Tulsa has stayed in last place with a 3-13 record.
In their most recent game against East-leading Connecticut, the Lynx weren’t able to contain three of the Sun’s key players: Kara Lawson, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles all recorded point-rebound double-doubles. Despite a third-quarter run, Minnesota came up short, losing 86-80. Maya Moore scored 19 points, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 15 points and eight rebounds.
The Shock come off their third win of the season against the Washington Mystics, a 78-62 victory on Sunday in Tulsa. Ivory Latta led the Shock’s balanced scoring effort with 18 points, while Temeka Johnson added 17 and Glory Johnson had 16. Crystal Langhorne was the leading scorer for the Mystics with 13 points.
Last time out
The Lynx have taken on the Shock once this year, beating them 93-73 on June 9 in Tulsa despite the absence of leading scorer Seimone Augustus. Maya Moore put up a game-high 26 points to lead Minnesota and Monica Wright had 18 in Augustus’s starting role. Moore scored 14 of her points during the third quarter, when the Lynx went on a 26-16 run, allowing them to widen the gap to 70-58 and take control of the game.
Tulsa forward Jennifer Lacy put up 15 points on the night, and guard Temeka Johnson added 14 points and six assists.
Key matchup: Augustus vs. Johnson
Lynx shooting guard Seimone Augustus was recovering from a strained quad during the last matchup between the Lynx and Shock, but she’s sure to play a key role this time around. She’s putting up 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game currently, and her consistency makes her a threat for the Lynx in every contest. She’s scored in double digits in each game she’s appeared in this year, including four games in which she’s scored 20 points or more.
Tulsa’s Temeka Johnson has been the second-leading scorer for the Shock, putting up 13.7 points per game as well as averaging 5.1 assists. She’s a threat from the perimeter, coming off a 17-point effort against the Mystics in which she went 3-for-3 from distance. She ranks sixth in the league with a three-point percentage of 60 and sixth in total assists with 81.
The Minnesota Lynx announced yesterday that forward Rebekkah Brunson will miss the team's next two games due to a left calf strain and is expected to return after the Olympic break. The Lynx also announced that they have signed Julie Wojta to a seven-day contract. Wojta, a 6-0 guard/forward, was selected in the second round (18th overall pick) of the 2012 WNBA Draft.
The Lynx are also without Devereaux Peters (broken left hand) and Jessica Adair (right knee), who are not expected to return until after the break.
The Shock will once again be without Jennifer Lacy and Scholanda Dorrell as they are both recovering from right knee injuries.
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