Game 1: Lynx Set Sights On Game 2
Web Editorial Associate
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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