Lynx Suffer Home Loss to Fever

by Menzie Henderson
Lynx Writer

The best part about Sunday night’s contest was when the final buzzer rang, ending a nightmare for the Lynx as they fell 89-51 in a rout to the Indiana Fever.

Minnesota was short-handed yet again, but this time without guard Lindsay Whalen due to an undisclosed illness. Whalen’s absence was felt immediately as the Fever took full advantage from the opening tip.

Rebekkah Brunson scored the game’s two first baskets as the Lynx jumped out to its only lead of the game. Indiana then put an end to all hope quickly.

The Fever followed with a 12-3 first quarter run led by forward Tamika Catchings, who had eight points in the opening period. The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, ending 28-14 in favor of the Fever, as they took and maintained an immense double-digit lead throughout the contest.

“Tamika is very capable of putting up numbers like that and she showed it without us putting much resistance on her defensively, but she had a great game," Brunson stated.

Catchings led the Fever with 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and 10-of-10 from the line, while also grabbing six rebounds. Katie Douglas chipped in with 12 points.

Indiana dominated the game on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the Fever shot 51 percent from the floor while draining nine three pointers. Defensively, Indiana held Minnesota to just 20 percent shooting including a dismal 3-for-23 start, while forcing 22 turnovers and compiling 14 blocked shots.

After starting the season 0-2, Indiana enjoyed its fifth win in its past six games to improve to 5-3.

Candice Wiggins led the Lynx with 11 points, but shot just 1-of-8 from the floor. Brunson recorded her third straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. With her second rebound of the game, Brunson surpassed the 500 mark for her career.

Despite the loss and falling to 2-7, the Lynx still remain just one game back of San Antonio for the fourth position in the Western Conference.

“It's been a battle up and down for us, we do some things right and we do two or three things wrong,” Brunson stated. “We just have to dig deep within ourselves and bring out the intensity and pride that we need to have to go out and play.”

Minnesota will return to the practice court for three days before boarding a plane to Phoenix on Thursday. Last week, the Lynx played arguably their best game of the season with an impressive 92-82 victory over the Mercury. Rookie Monica Wright dropped a season-high 32 points in helping Minnesota topple the defending champs.
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