Sky poised to end Lynx’s quest for perfection
The Sky travel to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Saturday to battle the Lynx in what could be a WNBA Finals preview with both teams looking very strong so far this season.
The two leaders have taken different paths to success this year. The Sky have been the Cardiac Kids as of late as they have battled from fourth quarter deficits on three separate occasions to come out on top.
There has been no better inside-outside duo in the WNBA this season than Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles. Prince was scorching hot from beyond the arc in the month of June as she shot over 55.0% and averaged 27.8 points per game before injuring her foot in Indiana. Fowles has been the dominant low-post presence she has always been as she averaged 19.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game while leading the WNBA in field goal percentage at 66.3%.
Now with Prince expected to miss the game in Minnesota, the Sky will need to find another scorer to complement Fowles’ strengths in the paint.
On the other hand, Minnesota has steam-rolled through their opponents and outscored them by almost 14 points per game before finally losing to Seattle on Sunday, the only blemish on their otherwise perfect season.
The game could come down to who controls the glass as both teams have dominated their opponents in the rebounding differential. The two teams are a combined 14-3 when outrebounding their opponents. Fowles leads the WNBA in rebounding as she averages nearly 14 rebounds per game and she will have to continue to do the same for the Sky to be victorious.
The nationally televised ESPN game will feature five Olympians, Fowles and Swin Cash for the Sky and Augustus, Moore and Lindsay Whalen for the Lynx, who will representing Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics.
The Lynx have won the previous three contests against the Sky and the road team has been victorious in the past three of four games. With the all-time series being knotted up at 6-6, this game has all the makings of being an epic battle.
Tune into ESPN for live coverage with tip-off at 11:30 AM Central Time.