Practice Report: Tuesday, June 12


Andrea Allis
Web Editorial Associate

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After a long stretch of densely packed games to start the season, the Minnesota Lynx are happy to be home for a few days. Coming off their ninth win in as many games over Tulsa on Saturday, their next game isn't until Friday's contest in Phoenix.

The five-day break affords the team some time at the LifeTime Fitness Training Center to get in some solid practice hours and hone in on a few key aspects of their game in preparation to take on the Mercury at the end of the week.

"It's a good time to get in the gym and just work out a few of the kinks that we don't necessarily have time to when we're playing every other day," said forward Maya Moore. "Coach [Cheryl Reeve] has put in some things that she feels we need to tighten up on the defensive end and just a few things on offense. It was a good day for us so hopefully we can get another one in tomorrow."

It's no secret the Lynx's offense is booming. Having shot 50 percent or better in eight of their nine wins this season and setting a WNBA record for most consecutive 50 percent-plus shooting performances with five in a row, the Lynx are showcasing their ability to not only score, but to take smart shots. Minnesota leads the league in shooting percentage at 52.8, the only team with an average above 50 percent. They're also on top in points per game (86.66) and assists per game (19.55).

"Our offense has been great for us," said guard Seimone Augustus. "It's been winning games for us lately, and we want to kind of let our defense catch up to where our offense is as far as efficiency and how effective we are."

Today marked the first day Augustus was able to get out on the floor to test her strained quad, which took her out of action in the Lynx's last two games, against Seattle at home last Wednesday and at Tulsa on Saturday. She was able to participate in practice on a limited basis today and hopes to spend the week getting stronger.

"It felt great, you know, to get back out there and just get the feel of things again," said Augustus. "The competitiveness of the team felt good and just to get back in the flow of things."

"She's a big part of our team, and just her presence here is great," said Moore of Augustus's return. "We're excited for her to get healthy and get back on the court even more."


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