Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Shock
Web Editorial Associate
Lynx (16-4) vs. Shock (3-16) - 6 p.m. Target Center
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For many WNBA teams, their first game back from the league’s month-long break will serve as an indication of what’s in store for the second half of the season. For the Lynx and the Shock, the second halves of their seasons have begun in step with their firsts.
The Lynx kicked off with a win over Washington and the Shock with a loss to San Antonio, both Friday. The Lynx have sat atop the Western Conference for the entirety of the season so far, while Tulsa sits in last place in the West.
The two teams will face off tonight at 6 p.m. at Target Center.
In the Lynx’s first game back from the break, they held nothing back, topping a struggling Mystics team 98-69. After pulling away toward the end of the first quarter to a 26-15 lead, the Lynx never looked back as they continued to outplay Washington, forcing turnovers and running the floor. Seimone Augustus led the charge with 20 points, while Maya Moore and Monica Wright both had 16.
Tulsa’s first matchup of the second half against San Antonio ended poorly for them as they lost 89-79, dropping to 3-16 on the season. Guard Riquna Williams had 17 points off the bench, and Roneeka Hodges put up 16.
Last time out
The Lynx last faced the Shock in back-to-back games just before the break and came out on top in both matchups. July 10's 107-86 win was the Lynx's highest-scoring game of the season, in which Candice Wiggins exploded for 25 points off the bench, and Maya Moore had 24 points and six rebounds.
July 12 brought an 89-74 Lynx win, with Moore putting up 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Monica Wright and Seimone Augustus had 14 points each.
The Shock's leading scorer Ivory Latta recorded an impressive 25 points against Minnesota in their July 10 contest but was held scoreless two days later for her 26 minutes of play. Center Glory Johnson shouldered the burden that night, finishing with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Riquna Williams was the only other Tulsa player in double digits with 11 points.
Key matchup: McWilliams-Franklin vs. Johnson
Lynx center Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been a key component of the Lynx’s inside game all season. Her strength under the basket and focus on defense has allowed Minnesota to consistently gain a points-in-the-paint advantage over its opponents, and her veteran leadership is a guiding force for the team. She’s currently averaging 8.8 points per game and 5.9 rebounds.
But if the Lynx want to obtain their fourth victory over the Shock, they’ll need Taj’s help containing center Glory Johnson. She’s averaging 12.5 points per game this season, but she put up a season-high 30 points in their last game against the Lynx.
Cambage to return August 30
The Shock’s Liz Cambage, who spent the first half of the WNBA season training with Australia’s national team for the Olympics, won’t return to the court for tonight’s game. She’s set to play in their August 30 game against the Sparks.
Lynx to wear commemorative uniforms for BHA
The Lynx will wear commemorative Breast Health Awareness uniforms tonight in honor of the team’s Breast Health Awareness Week, presented by Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Following the conclusion of the game, the team will autograph and auction off their jerseys from that night during a live on-court auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs in the state of Minnesota.
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