(T-4th in West)
2380 (5th overall, 3rd in West)
2370 (9th overall, 5th in West)
+0.3 (9th overall, 5th in West)
100.6 (5th overall, 3rd in West)
99.4 (9th overall, 6th in West)
Possessions per 40 min.
69.1 (7th overall, 4th in West)
What are these stats?
Award Winners & Honorees
All-WNBA, First Team
2003 Draft Recap
Rd. 2 – 14, Teresa Edwards
Rd. 2 – 18, Jordan Adams
Rd. 3 – 29, Carla Bennett
Once in five years
2003, lost in first round
2003 In Review:
What Went Right?
Under first-year head coach Suzie McConnell Serio, the Minnesota Lynx advanced to the postseason for the first time in the team’s five-year history, also posting the team’s first-ever winning season at 18-16.
Minnesota’s offense improved from the 15th best in the WNBA in 2002 (out of 16 teams) to the 6th best in 2003 (out of 14 teams). The Lynx raised its field goal percentage from 41.0 to 44.2, its three-point field goal percentage from 33.2 to 34.4 and its free throw percentage from 66.3 to 72.1. They also improved from the fifth best offensive rebounding team in the league in 2002 (30.9) to the second best (35.6%).
All-Star Katie Smith enjoyed what may have been her best year as a pro, upping her shooting percentages across the board from the previous year – FG%, 40.4 to 45.7; 3G%, 33.0 to 39.0; FT%, 82.4 to 88.1.
What Went Wrong?
After taking a 1-0 series lead over the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks in the first round of the playoffs, Minnesota’s shooting took a nosedive in the final two games of the series. The Lynx connected on 38.9 percent of their field goal attempts in an 11-point Game 2 loss and on 35.4 percent of their shots in a 10-point decision in Game 3.
Offensively, the Lynx ranked second in the league in Turnover Percentage with 23.6 percent of their possessions ending in a turnover. Svetlana Abrosimova averaged at least three turnovers per game for the third straight season
|Susie McConnell Serio|
|2003 Starting Line-up|
|Key 2003 Reserves|
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Minnesota still had difficulty stopping opposing offenses finishing ninth in the league in defensive efficiency and 11th in the league in opponent field goal percentage (42.5).
Looking Ahead To 2004:
and Kristi Harrower
formed a relatively productive point guard tandem in 2003, and Edwards improved steadily as the season progressed. Still, Edwards turns 40 on July 19, and Harrower has yet to show that she can handle the point guard duties fill-time. Minnesota also added Helen Darling
to the mix through the dispersal draft, which creates a bit of a log-jam at the point. Who gets the minutes at the “One” this season and how effective will that combination be?
In order for Minnesota to take another step towards becoming one of the elite teams in the West, it has to improve its defense. Will any of the team’s offseason additions provide a boost to the D, or will the Lynx have to continue winning with offense?