The Lynx will host the Indiana Fever for the first time at Target Center since last year’s WNBA Finals tonight, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. Listen in on BOB 106.1 FM, or tune into either ESPN3 or WNBA Live Access to catch all the action. As always, get the full game recap, highlights and postgame videos right here on LynxBasketball.com.
What should you be looking for during tonight’s game? Here are a few notes to prepare you for this WNBA Finals rematch:
Tonight's game is the Lynx' annual Breast Health Awareness Game presented by the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. The Lynx will be wearing commemorative pink uniforms and auctioning them off to fans after the game in support of breast cancer research and supports programs throughout the state of Minnesota. The game will be a “pink out," with all fans in attendance for the game receiving a free pink T-shirt produced by The Vanity Project.
Entering tonight's game against Indiana (12-14) in the rematch of last season's WNBA Finals, Minnesota sits at a WNBA-best 19-7, including winning 11 of 13 at Target Center this season. Dating back to the start of 2011 the Lynx have been nearly unbeatable at home, holding a 41-6 record (including 27-3 since the start of 2012) in the friendly confines of Target Center.
Rebekkah Brunson scored a season-high 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds on Thursday in Connecticut, her team-leading eighth 20/10 game of the season. She matched a career-high with five assists, becoming the second player in franchise history with 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists. (Maya Moore has recorded three such games). Brunson also scored her 3,000th career point at Connecticut, becoming the 45th player in WNBA history to reach the plateau.
With San Antonio’s win over Indiana on Wednesday night, the Minnesota Lynx clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive season. Minnesota (19-7) is seeking its third straight WNBA Finals appearance, winning its first WNBA championship in 2011. Entering tonight’s game with Indiana, Minnesota holds a half game lead on Chicago (19-8) and Los Angeles (18-8) for the best record in the WNBA.
The Lynx shot a season-high 57.6% (38-of-66) from the field in Thursday's win at Connecticut, its seventh 50%+ effort in the past 15 contests (10th overall). Minnesota's previous season-high was set Aug. 6 at San Antonio (57.4%). The Lynx have won 34 consecutive games when shooting 50%+.
Minnesota held Indiana to 34.4% (21-for-61) in their first meeting this season. They have posted a league-leading 13 sub-40% defensive efforts this season, including a club-record-tying string of six in a row (July 7-21). The Lynx have won 46 consecutive games when holding opponents to sub-40% shooting.
The Lynx enter tonight ranked third in the league in points off turnovers, scoring 17.6 per game. The Lynx have forced 15+ turnovers in a game in 11 of their last 16 games, forcing 16.8 per game. In their last meeting. Minnesota scored 20 points off 16 Fever miscues.
Minnesota had four players with 5+ assists Thursday night against the Sun, the first time in franchise history. The last WNBA team to have four players with 5+ assists was Chicago on June 5, 2010. The Lynx enter tonight ranked first in the league in assists, dishing out 20.4 per game.
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