Peters Puts Together Strong Showing Against Fever




Dane Mizutani
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Lynx third-year forward Devereaux Peters has been tenaciously working to this point in the season to get herself back to full strength.

And she appears to have hit her stride.

Peters, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee last month, poured in arguably her best game of the season in the Lynx 83-77 win over the Indiana Fever on Sunday at the Target Center.

“Dev has been working really hard to get back,” guard Lindsay Whalen said, “and it’s really showed the last couple games. We’ve really needed her and I thought she had a really big night tonight for us.”

Peters finished with nine points, six rebounds, and two assists in the game, while playing as season-high 29 minutes.

“And in addition to all that on the offensive end, she executed the defensive game plan to perfection,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said after the game. “Her role was to deny post catches … and the things [the Fever] ordinarily get, they weren’t able to get tonight. And Dev was a big reason for that.”

Peters looked as comfortable as she has all season on both ends of the floor during Sunday’s game. The Notre Dame product showed the ability to step out and hit the midrange jumper, but also served as an enforcer on the interior, finishing with three blocks.

“I think this was a great momentum game for her,” Maya Moore said. “Her focus was locked in … and she played very well for us.”

Peters averaged 14.1 minutes per game and 18.6 minutes per game, respectively, in her first two seasons with the Lynx. She’s been a rotational player for the extent of her WNBA career, but has taken on a bigger role this season as injuries have plagued Minnesota.

The Lynx have some size in the frontcourt, but with Rebekkah Brunson still working her way back after a right knee injury, Peters should see more minutes as the season wears on.

Minnesota will practice this week before the team picks up play again Friday against the Seattle Storm.


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