Lynx Crush Sky in Season Opener
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For the first seven minutes of the season opener, the Lynx looked like a team with seven new players and a new head coach. Minnesota quickly reversed its erratic play with a dominant second quarter while showing signs of a versatile, deep, and talented young team on the rise in a 102-85 victory on Saturday night.
Chicago jumped all over the Lynx to begin the game with a 13-4 lead as Sylvia Fowles controlled the paint. Fowles cruised to seven early points on 3-for-4 shooting. Minnesota struggled to find consistency on the offensive side of the floor and Seimone Augustus scored the only points for the team half way through the first quarter. Augustus finished with a game-high 23 points in the win.
Candice Wiggins was instrumental in the comeback with a double-dose of energy and aggressiveness to the basket. The shooting guard tallied 20 points and completed an old fashioned 3-point at the 4:14 mark of the first period to awaken the Target Center crowd. From that point forward, the Lynx offense was nearly flawless while the defense hunkered down to hold Chicago to below 50 percent shooting from the floor in the second quarter.
Minnesota continued to apply pressure with 16 fast break points in a relentless attack on the Sky. The second quarter began with a 12-2 run for the Lynx and rookie Renee Montgomery drilled a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to extend the lead to 11 points. The first-year point guard came off the bench to contribute nine points. After turning the ball over seven times in the preseason game, Montgomery finished with zero turnovers against Chicago and dished out four assists.
The floodgates opened in the second and third quarters with Minnesota outscoring the Sky 64-43 to start the season 1-0 for the second consecutive year. The Lynx won key statistical categories on the boards (27-20), points in the paint (46-26), and on the fast break (18-4).
LaToya Pringle made an instant impact by scoring nine points in her first game in a Minnesota uniform. The Lynx bench combined for 31 points.
Minnesota will hit the road on Sunday night for a contest against the Indiana Fever. The Lynx hope to bounce back from the preseason defeat two weeks ago with tipoff set for 6 PM in Indiana.
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