2005 Lynx Team Notes

LYNX TRAX: Minnesota finished its seventh WNBA campaign at 14-20, missing out on a postseason berth for the first time in three years… The Lynx were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the Aug. 21 defeat at Phoenix, part of a season-ending four-game losing streak… They wound up 6th in the West, three games out of a playoff spot (Los Angeles 17-17) and 11 games in back of conference-winning Sacramento… Minnesota had finished 18-16 in each of the prior two seasons, grabbing the Western Conference's 4th seed in 2003 and finishing 3rd a year ago… The Lynx opened this year 11-9 through 20 games -- culminating with a 66-45 win over Indiana on July 19 -- but stumbled to a 3-11 finish (0-7 on the road)… The Aug. 7 win over Los Angeles halted a season-high five-game losing streak, a drought that started with a 59-47 home loss to New York on July 24 and included two losses to Phoenix (July 29, Aug. 3); that skid was Minnesota's longest since a seven-game slide in July 2002… The Lynx strung together a season-high four-game winning streak from June 4-15; the run was highlighted by victories at Houston (June 7) and Seattle (June 15)…

ROAD TRIPPING: The Aug. 23 defeat in Los Angeles extended Minnesota's road drought to seven, the 2nd-longest winless string in club history… The Lynx dropped 12 of their final 13 away from Target Center, with the July 15 victory at New York their lone road triumph in the past two months… Minnesota opened 2005 by splitting its first four road starts, picking up wins at Houston (62-58 on June 7) and Seattle (86-81 in OT on June 15)… However, they scored fewer than 65 points in 10 of their last 13 road starts (averaging 60.5 ppg), and were held below 40% away from Target Center on 10 occasions overall… Minnesota finished 3-14 on the road; the previous franchise record for road futility was set in 2002, when they went 3-13… Meanwhile, the Lynx put together a 11-6 mark at Target Center -- despite the Aug. 27 loss to Sacramento -- equaling the franchise single-season mark for home victories, set in both 2003 and 2004 (11-6)…

EBB & FLOW: The Lynx were held to 37.0% in the Aug. 27 finale vs. Sacramento, and finished below 40% in five of their final 11… Minnesota suffered through 16 sub-40% nights this year, going 3-13; they were 11-7 when shooting 40%+… The Lynx shot a season-high 54.0% June 4 vs. Charlotte, one of four 50%+ efforts… Meanwhile, Minnesota hit a season-low 29.3% July 17 vs. Connecticut, the ninth time in club history they've finished below 30%… The Lynx' 48-point 2nd half June 11 vs. Washington was a season best for a half; they pumped in 45 in the 1st half of the Aug. 7 victory over Los Angeles… Minnesota tallied 86 points June 15 at Seattle, its single-game high since a 100-95 OT loss at L.A. on July 8, 2001, and equaling the 4th-highest figure in club history… The Lynx scored a season-low 47 points in the July 24 loss to New York, their 11th sub-50 showing in franchise history… Minnesota averaged 66.8 ppg in its final nine starts (60.5 ppg in the prior eight), and ranked 10th in the WNBA in scoring (65.0 ppg) and 10th in field-goal accuracy (41.2%)

EINS, ZWEI, DREI: Minnesota went 0-for-13 from long range July 24 vs. New York, just the third time in club history they'd been blanked; the Lynx suffered through an 0-for-15 performance last May 26 at San Antonio, and went 0-for-5 at Phoenix last June 22… Still, over its last 18 contests, Minnesota shot 35.6% (90-for-253) from beyond the arc; they kicked off that stretch with a season-best 10-for-15 effort July 13 vs. Detroit, and went 7-for-11 July 29 vs. Phoenix… Minnesota was 10-for-17 from long range June 11 vs. Washington; their seven 2nd-half treys were one shy of a franchise record… The Lynx were 4th in the WNBA in treys made per game (5.1), and 3rd in three-point accuracy (35.0%)… Minnesota ranked 7th in three-point defense (34.3%); they held both Houston (Aug. 16) and Sacramento (Aug. 27) to 0-for-6 nights from long range… A year ago, the Lynx led the WNBA in three-point defense at 27.9% -- the 4th-best percentage in league history…

NO FREE LUNCH: The Lynx outscored Seattle 31-10 from the line on June 15, finishing 31-for-35 overall… It's Minnesota's most prolific night since the July 8, 2001 OT contest at L.A., when they went 37-for-43… The Lynx averaged 17.6 FTAs over their last 11 starts; they'd taken just 12.2 FTAs per night in the previous 10… Minnesota was outscored from the line in 16 of its final 21 outings, after holding the scoring edge in 11 of the first 13 contests… They enjoyed a slim +0.1 ppg edge in that category on the year (437-435), but plummeted to 12th in the WNBA in FTs made (12.9 per game) -- after leading the league through 13 games (16.9 ppg)… Minnesota finished 15-for-15 from the line May 29 vs. Sacramento, the fourth perfect night in club history; the record for most free throws made without a miss is 20 (Aug. 4, 2003 vs. Phoenix)… The Lynx dropped off to 66.4% (140-for-211) over the final 12, after shooting 76.2% (297-for-390) through 22 contests…

BENCH MARKS: The Lynx received a franchise-record 37 points from their bench July 26 at San Antonio, including season-high efforts by Tamika Williams (12) and Amber Jacobs (10)… The reserves contributed 36 points Aug. 9 vs. San Antonio, paced by Stacey Lovelace's career-high 17… Minnesota's non-starters tied a season low by providing six points July 24 vs. New York (also June 28 vs. San Antonio), after contributing 20+ in five of the previous six contests… The Lynx' non-starters kicked in 20+ points on 20 occasions overall; on the year, the reserves provided 31.8% of Minnesota's scoring (703 of 2211 points); that figure was 26.8% (580 of 2165) in 2004… Five Lynx players reached double figures June 3 at Washington (Smith 20, Lovelace 13, Abrosimova 11, Ohlde 11, Hayden 10), equaling a club record set most recently last Sept. 1 at Houston; Minnesota had four double-digit scorers in the July 26 loss at San Antonio…

DEFENSIVE DOINGS: Detroit shot 36.1% on Aug. 11, one of 11 times this year Minnesota kept its opponent below 40% (first since July 19 vs. Indiana)… However, the Lynx' defensive percentage climbed to 46.9% in six ensuing games, topped by Phoenix' 50.0% effort on Aug. 21… Sacramento shot 51.9% on July 31, the highest percentage allowed by Minnesota in 2005 (one of four 50%+ nights)… The Lynx limited Phoenix to 26.4% on June 22, the 3rd-best defensive percentage in club history… Indiana's 45-point night on July 19 ties the 2nd-lowest total ever allowed by the Lynx (Miami scored 44 on July 28, 2000)… Phoenix' 83-point showing on Aug. 21 marks a season high vs. Minnesota, surpassing the 81 scored by Seattle on June 15… The Lynx gave up 70+ points in nine of their final 13 contests; they permitted 71.4 ppg in those 13 (61.2 ppg in the previous 11)… Minnesota ranked 6th in defensive FG percentage (42.7%) and 7th in scoring defense (67.3 ppg); they finished 2nd a year ago in both categories (allowing 40.8% and 64.4 ppg)…

THE BOARD REPORT: Los Angeles racked up a 34-18 rebounding edge on Aug. 23 (16-4 on the offensive end); Minnesota's 18 rebounds are a franchise single-game record low (19 vs. Cleveland, Aug. 16, 1999)… The 16-board spread also matches the Lynx' 4th-largest deficit ever; they were outrebounded by double-digit margins six times in 2005… Minnesota came up short in six of its final seven games (including 39-27 in the Aug. 27 finale vs. Sacramento), facing a -7.4 rpg deficit (26.7-34.1) in those seven outings… The Lynx pulled in a season-high 18 offensive rebounds Aug. 9 vs. San Antonio; however, Detroit's 19 offensive rebounds on Aug. 11 are the most vs. Minnesota since Washington snared 20 on July 27, 2001… The Lynx outrebounded New York 33-20 on July 15, their lone double-digit cushion this season… Minnesota tied a club record low by grabbing just two offensive rebounds June 17 at Sacramento… Charlotte edged the Lynx 26-25 on the glass on June 4; the Lynx' three defensive rebounds after intermission tied a franchise record low…

TURNOVER TUNEUP: The Lynx committed just nine TOs Aug. 18 at Seattle, the third straight game they'd set a season low; they followed up with a 10-TO outing Aug. 21 at Phoenix… Minnesota sliced its miscues to 12.7 per night over its final six games, after coughing it up 20+ times in four of its previous six starts (19.2 per game)… The Lynx committed a season-high 23 TOs (leading to 26 points) in the Aug. 11 OT loss at Detroit, and had 20 TOs Aug. 7 vs. L.A., fueling the Sparks' 30-10 edge in points off TOs; the Lynx totaled 20+ TOs on eight occasions in 2005… Earlier this year, Charlotte racked up a 29-9 margin in points off TOs on July 7, while Connecticut outscored the Lynx 23-9 on July 17… For the season, Minnesota ranked 12th in TOs (15.8 per game); they were 7th in forcing TOs (14.3), with Sacramento's 19 TOs on July 31 matching the season high… Minnesota was last in turnovers at 18.0 per game in 2004 (Los Angeles was 12th at 15.6)…

POTPOURRI FOR 100: The Aug. 7 victory over L.A. was the 100th regular-season win in franchise history… The Lynx have compiled a 102-128 record overall; win #1 came on June 12, 1999 (68-51 vs. Detroit)… The June 3 loss at Washington was the 100th road game for the Lynx, and the 200th overall… Minnesota played its 100th home contest May 29 vs. Sacramento; they're 62-53 at Target Center (40-75 road)… The Aug. 12 loss to Seattle concluded the third and final set of back-to-back outings for the Lynx this season… They went 1-2 on the tail ends, beating Charlotte on June 4 but losing at Los Angeles on June 18; they finished 2-2 in those situations a year ago, and 3-2 in 2003… The July 24 loss to New York completed the Lynx' only three-game homestand this year (going 1-2)… Minnesota's longest road trips in 2005 were a pair of three-game West Coast swings; they were 1-2 in June (winning at Seattle) but came up empty in August…

MARGINAL INFORMATION: The 21-point win over Indiana on July 19 represents the Lynx' biggest winning margin since downing San Antonio 81-54 on July 25, 2003, and the eighth victory of 20+ points in franchise history… The 19-point loss two nights earlier vs. Connecticut was the Lynx' biggest margin of defeat in 2005, and equals their 2nd-biggest home loss ever… Four of Minnesota's final five games were decided by double-digit spreads; they finished 6-10 overall when the final margin was 10+, after going 5-9 a year ago and 4-5 in 2003… The May 29 loss to Sacramento stopped Minnesota's seven-game winning streak in one-possession games (decided by three points or less), a run dating to the 58-56 defeat at Indiana last July 8… The Lynx were 2-3 this season in close games, most recently beating Seattle on June 26; they fell 57-55 at Indiana on June 24, and suffered a 74-71 defeat at Washington on June 3… Minnesota went 6-2 in games decided by three or less in 2004 (the league's second-highest victory total behind Los Angeles' 9-0) and 3-4 in 2003…

ATTENDANCE NOTES: Minnesota had a season-high 12,891 on hand July 13 vs. Detroit, the 4th-largest gathering in club history… It's the fourth straight season the Lynx have hosted a weekday afternoon contest; they're averaging 13,105 in those four… For the year, Minnesota drew an average of 6,670 per home outing (ranking 12th in the WNBA); a season-low 4,190 were in attendance May 29 vs. Sacramento… The Lynx drew a franchise-record 16,227 for the July 14, 2004 matinee vs. Connecticut, surpassing the previous best of 14,171 (Aug. 20, 1999 vs. Orlando); they averaged 7,418 a year ago (11th in the WNBA), with a season-low gathering of 4,122 on June 17 vs. Sacramento… Minnesota finished 12th in attendance in 2003 with an average of 7,074, after drawing 7,819 in 2002 (11th); they ranked 11th in 2001 at 7,538, and averaged 7,290 in 2000 (12th in the league) and 10,494 in their inaugural 1999 campaign (5th)…

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