Wednesday Practice Report
A day after a wild overtime victory against Washington, Minnesota was trying to fix some of the mistakes that the team made in practice. Tuesday night's win 96-94 win over the Mystics was far from easy for the Lynx. They trailed by nine points entering the fourth quarter and then made several mistakes down the stretch that could have lost them the game -- including fouling 3-point shooters with a three-point lead twice in the final seconds of overtime.
"That was probably the worst, biggest blooper basketball highlight reel we watched in the video room," guard Candice Wiggins said. "But we know now we can learn from those mistakes and we don't have to take a loss to learn from them. I think the biggest thing is we all kind of feel good morale from winning the game instead of losing it."
Minnesota was working on staying aggressive on defense, staying away from the mental lapses that led to second chance points in the last two games and keeping the pace up offensively while still treasuring possession.
Wiggins said the team learned its lesson from last night's game and has to face the reality of the WNBA. The next game is just around the corner and there is no time to dwell on struggles in the previous game. The Lynx just have to move on.
And move on Minnesota will as the team matches up with defending Western Conference champion San Antonio for the next two games.
"I think we play really well against San Antonio," Wiggins said. "We're fearless. We were young last year and we managed to win the series 3-1. I think we're up to that challenge.
Wiggins has struggled in her last two games after winning Western Conference Player of the Week. She is averaging 11.5 points per game on 30.4 percent (7 for 23) shooting in her last two games. In her three previous outings, she was scoring 23.3 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting.
She said she cannot think about trying to go out and score like she was before every night, but she does have to find a way to help the team offensively.
"I think when people think about things like that too much, it really puts a damper on what the real goal is which is winning games," Wiggins said. "I feel proud when I contribute to a team that won a game. The game we lost to Sacramento I was disappointed. But that was more of a team rhythm thing. It would be really selfish of me to really be upset. But obviously I am going to put myself in a position where I can help the team."
Candice Wiggins Audio
Candice Wiggins says the team definitely learned some things from the team's mistakes at the end of Tuesday's win over Washington.
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