LIBERTY VISIT MINNESOTA LYNX

Ros Gold-Onwude

The New York Liberty visit the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, August 18th, at 7:00pm ET!

The Liberty enter the weekend with a record of (10-13). They begin weekend play with a matchup against the Washington Mystics on Friday, August 16th at 7:30pm. With the Eastern Conference in a mash-up of teams all making a mad dash for a playoff spot, the game is pivotal as the Liberty will look to establish tie-breaking advantage by tallying their third win in the four-game regular season series. Since the All-Star break Cappie Pondexter has been much more efficient at the point guard position choosing accurately when to attack for her own shot, how to slow down to erase turnovers, trusting her teammates to convert her passes to assists, and rebounding the ball well. In the second half of the season, the team has stepped up to provide Pondexter help. Plenette Pierson, Kara Braxton, and Kelsey Bone lead the resurgence inside the paint while Alex Montgomery leads the effort from the perimeter.

The Minnesota Lynx enter the weekend with a record of (17-5). After dominating the league with a double-digit win streak, the Lynx are stammering after losing two games in a row. They begin their weekend with a matchup against the last place team in the Western Conference, the Tulsa Shock, on Friday, August 16th. The Lynx are 3-0 in previous contests against the Shock this season.

On August 11th the Lynx fell to the Chicago Sky, 94-86, despite 26 points from Seimone Augustus, 19 points from Maya Moore, 14 points from Rebekkah Brunson, and 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists from Lindsay Whalen. The effort of Minnesota’s “Big Four” wasn’t enough to overcome 32 and 31 points from Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles, respectively.

Keys To The Game:

Keep Whalen In Front
Lindsay Whalen does a phenomenal job of penetrating to find her teammates. This season she’s also doing an outstanding job to penetrate for her own shot. She keeps her dribble alive and head up at all times. The Liberty want to avoid being exposed if she is able to crack the first line of defense.

Transition D
The Lynx have many weapons and many players that can bring the ball up the court, therefore, the Liberty have to slow down the run, get back and match up in transition. They especially have to identify Maya Moore spotting up for threes.

Where to watch: The game will be available on WNBA Live Access.