Lynx Defeat Storm 84-71
Web Editorial Associate
After a slow start in the first quarter, the Lynx plowed ahead on a 21-5 run spanning nine first- and second-quarter minutes to take a 37-24 halftime lead. With the help of Maya Moore’s 10 first-half points and the Storm’s 10 first-half turnovers, the Lynx got things rolling and didn’t slow down, staying out of the Storm’s reach for the remainder of the game.
Ten of 11 Lynx players scored against the Storm, with reserves Monica Wright and Devereaux Peters providing some energy off the bench. Wright finished with 11 points and Peters had 10 points and four rebounds in just under 11 minutes. The Lynx bench outscored the Storm’s 34-27.
“[Peters] is just a person who is extremely efficient in the minutes that she gets,” said Reeve. “And for a bench player, that’s really really important, and I thought that was her best game by far as a Lynx player.”
Storm center Ann Wauters had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Shekinna Stricklen added 12. Their loss keeps the Storm winless on the season at 0-4.
Leader of the Pack: Maya Moore
At the end of the first quarter, Lynx forward Maya Moore had seven of the team’s 17 points and was shooting 75 percent. She went on to lead the team with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including five from three-point range.
Although guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen had below-average scoring nights, they made up for it in the assists column, Augustus finishing with six and Whalen with eight.
“That’s why they’re good,” said Moore. “Their effectiveness is not limited to scoring points. They contribute in other ways and I’m just glad we were able to hit shots for them.”
“They draw so much attention, and that’s exactly what you have to do. When the other team counters your plan A, you have to have a plan B, a plan C, and good thing for us, it worked.”
With seven minutes remaining in the game and a 16-point lead, the Lynx didn’t let up. After Whalen blocked a Storm shot in the corner, she got the ball up to Seimone who pushed it up the court to Peters for a one-on-one situation, finishing with an easy layup.
The Numbers Game
The Lynx had a season-high 24 assists on 30 field goals and outrebounded the Storm 40-27, grabbing 13 offensive rebounds. The Lynx were 16 of 18 from the stripe, with Augustus and Candice Wiggins each draining five free throws.
Quote of the Night
“This was the first time this year that I thought that we played Lynx defense. And I thought that it didn’t matter which player came in – they were on point with the scouting report, we were in their cuts, and I thought we made it very difficult for them to get the ball where they were trying to get it.” —Coach Cheryl Reeve
The Lynx hit the road this week, taking on Washington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Connecticut on Friday at 6 p.m.
For more news and notes on the team follow the Minnesota Lynx on Twitter.