Lynx Roll Past Shock, 89-74





Andrea Allis
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The Minnesota Lynx said they wanted to finish the first half of the season on a positive note, and today they showed fans exactly what they meant by defeating the Shock 89-74 in their final game before the league’s month-long break.

The Shock kept it close through the first quarter, down 22-21 going into the second. But by halftime, the Lynx had gone on a 33-17 second-quarter run to widen the gap to 55-38.

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"We got stops; that was the big thing. Then we were able to run," Lindsay Whalen said of the team's play in the second quarter. "Once we were able to stop them and get the rebounds, we were able to run, so that's what was really big for us."

Maya Moore scored 28 points—including a franchise-best 19 points in the second quarter—and pulled down 11 boards, while Monica Wright and Seimone Augustus added 14 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen had 11 points and dished out eight assists.

Tulsa center Glory Johnson carried the bulk of the load for the Shock, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, more than double the stats of any of her teammates. Riquna Williams added 11 points, and Roneeka Hodges had 9.

"When a team shoots 7 percent from the 3-point line, you did an excellent job," Augustus said. "And that's something that they're good at, making 3-point shots and forcing teams into tough situations."

Frustrations from Tuesday's game, a 107-86 Lynx victory, spilled over into today's, and officials handed out four technical fouls over the course of the game. An altercation between Temeka Johnson and Candice Wiggins with just under seven minutes remaining in the first half resulted in technicals for both of them, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin picked one up midway through the third quarter. Shortly after, Johnson was issued her second technical foul and was ejected from the game.

"[It was] a really good game for us in terms of things that we asked our players to do," said coach Cheryl Reeve. "I thought we had great focus. I thought our contesting of shots was really, really good early in the game.

"Overall, a good game for us, a great way to go into the break."

Leader of the Pack: Maya Moore

With bigs Rebekkah Brunson (calf), Devereaux Peters (hand) and Jessica Adair (knee) all sidelined the past two games, Moore has stepped up and played power forward, an adjustment from her usual spot on the wing.

She looked comfortable against the Shock, scoring 24 points Tuesday and 28 today on 67 percent shooting. She drained 11 of her 12 free throws and led the way for the Lynx through the first half, scoring 26 of her points in the first two frames.

"Right now she’s playing the four position and none of the post players can really guard her like that," said Monica Wright. "She’s just got that edge on them. She’s able to move. And she’s a guard, and she’s big and she’s strong. It’s hard for them to stay with her. She’s playing like a guard in the post position, and it’s just uncomfortable for them to guard her."

Highlight of the Game

Seimone Augustus Interview

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After technical fouls were issued to Candice Wiggins and Temeka Johnson midway through the second quarter, the Lynx regrouped. With just over six minutes remaining in the first half, Whalen received a swift outlet pass from McWilliams-Franklin and pushed it up the floor for a 2-on-1 situation with Moore leading her. Whalen executed a lob pass to Moore, who made a one-handed catch and went straight up with it, completing the play and giving the Lynx a 35-31 advantage.

The Numbers Game

Even with the absence of three of their key bigs, Minnesota held a 44-36 rebounding advantage over Tulsa and a 36-32 advantage in points in the paint. ... The Shock were held to 33.8 percent shooting and were just 7.1 percent from three-point range (1-of-14). ... Shock guard Ivory Latta led the Shock on Tuesday with 25 points but was held scoreless today through her 25:33 of play.

Quote of the Day

Coach Cheryl Reeve on the importance of rebounding from the three-game losing streak:
"We knew, regardless of who the opponent was, that it was going to be really, really hard for us. We went down to Tulsa [on Tuesday], and we knew it would be a team that would smell blood in the water. Any team that we were playing was going to smell blood. And that's what I told our team. I was really happy with how we responded. There's not a team in the league who's rooting for us, and there's a three-game losing streak, and I'll tell you what, I know a lot of the other teams were tuning into the Lynx playing just to see us lose. And I think that gave us a little bit of resolve to know that it's only us. And it'll always be just us that wants [us] to be successful."

Looking Ahead

After today’s game, the WNBA will take a month-long break for the Olympics, resuming play on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. against the Washington Mystics at Target Center.
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