10-24, .294 (T-6th in West)
2007 Starting Lineup
2007 Key Reserves
2007 Draft Recap
2008 Key Additions
2008 Key Losses
The 2007 WNBA season was a constant uphill battle for the young Minnesota Lynx and first-year head coach Don Zierden. They began their campaign by dropping seven consecutive games, then after winning five of their next eight, they hit a 10-game losing skid that lasted nearly the entire month of July. The reality is the Lynx roster lacked experience. It included five rookies, three second-year players and forward Tamika Raymond was the squad’s oldest player at the tender age of 27.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Leading the Lynx all season was Seimone Augustus, an All-WNBA Second-Team performer who earned her second All-Star selection in as many seasons. Her 22.6 scoring average put her second behind only league MVP Lauren Jackson.
The Lynx do have a core of several solid players, who, despite their relative lack of success, did manage to get accustomed to each other and to the league. Along with Augustus, No. 1 overall draft pick Lindsey Harding was the leading Rookie of the Year candidate before suffering an ACL injury on July 10 that caused her to miss the rest of the season. Prior to her ACL injury, Harding averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Rookie Noelle Quinn stepped in at the point after the injury to Harding and performed admirably, dishing out a team-record 14 assists in Minnesota’s season-ending victory over San Antonio. Kristen Mann was also a solid performer from the wing and rookie Shay Murphy provided energy and scoring off the bench.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Losing Harding squashed any hopes the Lynx had of turning around their season. The squad won only five games after Harding’s injury, finishing the season with a league-worst 10-24 record.
Meanwhile, other players on the team showed promise at times but also struggled in certain areas of their game or specific points in the season. Center Nicole Ohlde started every game and was third on the team in scoring and led the squad in rebounding, but shot a poor percentage from the field (37 percent). Veteran forward Svetlana Abrosimova had an impressive second half of the season, scoring in double figures in each of her final 12 contests, but had a slow start to the season that didn’t help Minnesota’s early struggles.
While the team was strong offensively, it was not quite as successful on the defensive end. The Lynx allowed an average of 80.9 points -- second highest in the league.
And with young players owning prominent roles on the squad, inexperience took its toll. Thrown in the fire immediately, Minnesota’s rookies did not have time to adequately adapt to the level of league or the demanding, compressed schedule.
In the offseason, the Lynx signed veteran guard Anna DeForge away from the Indiana Fever. Talented and experienced, the six-year vet will bring much needed veteran leadership to Minnesota. She will also greatly contribute to Minnesota's offensive productivity, showing the next generation the tricks of the trade.
Meanwhile, Mann will not be returning to Minnesota as she was chosen in the Atlanta Dream expansion draft. And Raymond has been shipped to Connecticut in a trade that brought veteran forward Kristen Rasmussen into the fold.
Minnesota should be better in 2008 as their youngsters will have had another season under their belts and familiarity playing with one another. Coming off a season in which they went 10-24, the Lynx have nowhere to go but up.
On draft day, the Lynx likely will look for a big with post presence to help Ohlde on the front line with their three picks. But with the third overall selection expect the Lynx just to snag the best talent on the board and add to an already lethal core. Still, don’t rule out the idea of Minnesota swapping that pick to acquire some much needed experience.