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Lynx Set Sights On Game 2

Game 1: Lynx Set Sights On Game 2

Alex Conover
Web Editorial Associate


As soon as the final buzzer sounded, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve and her basketball club set their sights on a Wednesday night rematch.

Minnesota lost to Indiana 76-70 on Sunday night, the first installment of a five-game WNBA Finals series that will decide the league champion.

The keyaccording to forward Maya Mooreis to keep their eyes on the prize.

We have to just focus, Moore said. Lock in. This is what we played for all year, and the energy and intensity is going to get even higher.

Minnesota had their moments throughout a game that was physical and scrappy, but when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Fever capitalized.

For three quarters, for the most part, we responded, Reeve said. [In the] fourth quarter we just stopped scoring. They were exactly who we thought they weretough. They did the hard work plays, were able to get separation and they got Game 1.

Indiana forward Tamika Catchings scored seven of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Fever limited the Lynx to a meager 11 percent shooting from the field in that span.

In the fourth quarter I thought we were getting the ball where we wanted to get the ball, Reeve said. But we werent able to convert in the paint. We got in there, got shots blocked, and like I said, we need to be physical and tough. Thats the most disciplined part.

Despite a frustrating fourth quarter leading to a rare home court loss [only the second time this year], Minnesota cant do anything besides focus on Game 2.

We have two days to get ready for them, Reeve said. Watch some film and do some things in practice. We need to be more assertive, especially to start the game.

After the loss, Moore sat with her knees wrapped in ice in a quiet locker room. While her teammates Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen went to speak to the media, she stayed behind and leaned back in her chair.

You have to move on, cant let it bring you down, Moore said. Of course it hurts, but tomorrow you have to move on. Carry over motivation from this game into Wednesday.

She didnt blame any of her other teammates; rather she talked more about what she could do better in the next contest.

I need to continue to be aggressive, knocking down open shots, making sure Im on my assignment every time. I need to rebound better too.

"We just have to make it harder for them next time.
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