Lynx Open 2009 WNBA Regular Season vs Chicago
The Minnesota Lynx will open their 11th season of WNBA basketball in the Twin Cities against the Chicago Sky on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Target Center. The 2009 WNBA campaign consists of 34 regular-season games (17 home/17 away) from June through September.
The Lynx will play each team in the Western Conference (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and Seattle) four times apiece, twice at home and twice on the road and each Eastern Conference team (Atlanta, Chicago, Connecticut, Detroit, Indiana, New York and Washington) twice, one time each at home and on the road.
"We are very excited to see our upcoming season taking shape with the release of the 2009 WNBA schedule," said Roger Griffith, Lynx Executive Vice President. "With two-time All-Star Seimone Augustus, 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year Candice Wiggins and the No. 4 pick in this year's draft, we look forward to building the momentum we established last season and are very excited about the prospects of the 2009 season and beyond."
The home portion of the team's schedule features nine weekend dates (4 - Friday, 4 - Saturday, 1 - Sunday) as well as three Tuesday games, three Wednesday matchups and two Thursday contests. For the seventh straight year, Minnesota will host one weekday afternoon game, a noon tipoff against the Atlanta Dream, on Wednesday, July 15.
Highlights of the home portion of Minnesota's schedule include the following: 2008 WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year Candace Parker's Los Angeles Sparks will make two visits to Target Center (June 10 and July 28); Lindsay Whalen's Connecticut Sun will travel to Target Center Aug. 7 for their lone appearance; the defending WNBA Champion Detroit Shock will make their only visit to Target Center on Sept. 9.
Minnesota's longest homestand is a four-game affair beginning Aug. 1 vs. Phoenix and concluding Aug. 13 vs. Indiana. Minnesota embarks on three three-game road trips: June 16 - June 19 (Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle), July 17 - 22 (Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix) and Aug. 15 - 23 (Chicago, Connecticut, New York). Minnesota's final regular season game at Target Center will be on Sept. 9 vs. the Detroit Shock.
Season and group tickets for the 2009 season are now on sale. For information on ticket packages, call 612-673-8400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Facts About The 2009 Lynx Regular-Season Schedule
· By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: June (five home, five away = 10 total), July (five home, five away = 10 total), August (five home, four away = nine total), September (two home, three away = five total).
· By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Tuesday (three home, three away = six total), Wednesday (three home, two away = five total), Thursday (two home, none away = two total), Friday (four home, four away = eight total), Saturday (four home, two away = six total), Sunday (one home, six away = seven total).
· The Lynx will open their regular-season slate versus Chicago on Saturday, June 6 at Target Center, marking the seventh season the club has opened at home. The Lynx are 5-5 in season openers, including 5-1 in season openers at home. Minnesota opened its 2008 campaign with an 84-70 victory over the Detroit Shock.
· The longest Lynx homestand is a four-game affair from Aug. 1 - 13 (Phoenix, Connecticut, San Antonio, Indiana). Minnesota has one three-game homestand and three two-game homestands.
· The Lynx embark on three three-game road trips: June 16 - June 19 (Sacramento, Phoenix, Seattle), July 17 - 22 (Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix) and Aug. 15 - 23 (Chicago, Connecticut, New York); and two two-game road trips: Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 (Washington, San Antonio), Sept. 11 - 13 (Los Angeles, Sacramento).
· The Lynx play four sets of back-to-back games this season: June 6 (Chicago) and June 7 (at Indiana); June 16 (at Sacramento) and June 17 (at Phoenix); July 31 (at Detroit) and Aug. 1 (Phoenix); and Aug. 22 (at Connecticut) and Aug. 23 (at New York).
· Western Conference: Los Angeles (H: 6/10, 7/28; A: 7/17, 9/11); Phoenix (H: 6/27, 8/1; A: 6/17, 7/22; Sacramento (H: 7/2, 8/28; A: 6/16, 9/13) San Antonio (H: 7/10, 8/9; A: 7/12, 9/1); Seattle (H: 6/12, 9/5; A: 6/19, 7/19).
· Eastern Conference: Atlanta (H: 7/15; A: 6/30); Chicago (H: 6/6; A: 8/15) Connecticut (H: 8/7; A: 8/22); Detroit (H: 9/9; A: 7/31); Indiana (H: 8/13; A: 6/7); New York (H: 6/23; A: 8/23); Washington (H: 7/7; A: 8/30).
Click here for Minnesota's complete 2009 regular-season schedule.