CLINCHED:

We are headed to the playoffs once again as the Lynx have officially clinched a spot! Congrats goes out to the players and coaches for all of the hard work they have put in! Now is the time to keep our eye on the prize as we work our way back to the finals!

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER:

August brings the dog days of summer and can be such a frustrating month. Everyone seems to be gearing up for the end of summer and the start of school. Its as if you cant really enjoy August - you just look past it. The Lynx, Im sure, are eager to move out of the month of August which is proving to be a roller coaster ride with lots of ups and downs. Battling a rigorous schedule and teams gunning for them the Lynx gave up three losses in a row. The loss at home to Tulsa was the low moment of the season. Maya Moore, who has been playing outstanding basketball, summed it up best saying When our defense isn't what it needs to be, it affects our offense. Tulsa, who was eager to finally beat the Lynx, shot 50 percent from the field. Two days later, the New York Liberty felt the wrath of a frustrated Lynx team. The Lynx destroyed New York 88 to 57 behind Mayas 28 points. A fan who I bumped into on the street said The Lynx looked like they played angry against New York. A road loss to Atlanta is nothing to be ashamed of as Atlanta sits in the number two spot in the east. Not scoring for eight minutes in the fourth quarter and turning the ball over 19 times allowed the Dream to pick up the home victory. Before we get out of this hot and humid month we still have to face an injured Connecticut team, a talented Indiana squad, a frustrated Liberty team looking for payback, and the scrappy Seattle Storm. I never thought I would be eager to say goodbye to summer.

BENCH SUPPORT:

It was great to see reserve Rachel Jarry come in to the win over the Liberty in the third quarter and make things happen. Jarry had 11 points and hit three 3-pointers. The most difficult thing for a reserve player is to stay game ready at any given moment. Obviously, it is very difficult to enter a game in the second half and be effective. So this weeks shout out goes to our rookie from the land down under! Nicely done.

CAT WALK FOR THE CURE:

One of my favorite events that the Lynx are involved in is the 5th annual Cat Walk for the Cure. The Lynx team up with The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The Lynx players and coaches work the runway in a fashion show at the Mall of America in the main rotunda. I emceed the event last season and absolutely loved seeing how the different players represented themselves on the runway. Some funky and wild, others very low key and conservative. Last year Taj McWilliams-Franklin made her own outfit and Candice Wiggins was the top diva working the runway in a skin-tight red dress with some sky high heels. The highlight of the evening usually belongs to head coach Cheryl Reeve. What she will wear is a total mystery until she steps onto the runway. Last year she took us back to the looks she wore to prom in the 80s with big hair in a banana clip and glittery maroon dress with black glittery leggings! The mind boggles at what she will come up with this year but Im sure she wont disappoint! This event allows the players to show you some of their personality away from basketball and it really is a lot of fun. Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 29th. If you would like to find out more information on this fabulous event contact Amanda Collins, the Lynx CR manager at 612 673-1681 or collins@lynxbasketball.com.


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