Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Shock
Web Editorial Associate
Lynx (14-4) vs. Shock (3-14) - 12 p.m. Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North; WNBA LiveAccess
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The Lynx dropped three straight during one of their toughest stretches on the schedule last week but bounced back with an impressive 107-86 win over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday.
Today, the Lynx play their last game before the league takes a month-long Olympic break, another matchup with Tulsa at 12 p.m. at Target Center. They look to improve to 15-4 on the season and pick up a victory in front of their home crowd heading into the break.
The Lynx are 2-0 against the Shock this year, with a 93-73 win on June 9 and Tuesday's 107-86 decision. The Shock, who remain in last place in the Western Conference, will be looking for an upset to lead them to their fourth regular-season win.
Last time out
The Lynx came out on top when they played the Shock just two days ago, shooting a WNBA record-breaking 69.5 percent. Candice Wiggins had a breakout game, scoring 25 points off the bench including 6-of-9 3-point shooting. She became the fifth player in Lynx history to shoot six 3-pointers in a game. Wiggins scored 17 of those points during the fourth, tying Seimone Augustus’ franchise record for points in a quarter, when the Lynx pulled away, outscoring the Shock 31-13.
Other top scorers for the Lynx included Maya Moore, who scored 24 points, and Seimone Augustus, who had 17. Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and seven assists, and Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Tulsa saw 25 points from guard Ivory Latta, and 14 points from reserve Roneeka Hodges. Kayla Pederson had 12 points and Glory Johnson added 11.
Key matchup: Whalen vs. Latta
Lindsay Whalen is coming off an impressive effort against the Shock on Tuesday. She scored 14 points, going 5-for-6 from the field, including 1-for-1 from beyond the arc. Aside from her excellent shot selection, she also dished out seven assists, tying Temeka Johnson for a game-high.
Although her squad performed admirably on Tuesday, she knows how important it is for the Lynx to snag another win before the league takes a break.
"It's a big game for us going into the break," said Whalen. "We need to come out again and be ready to go. It will be another tough matchup because we just played today. We have to go out and have energy and be ready to go."
Sure to make it a tough competition again is Shock guard Ivory Latta, the team’s leading scorer with 14.9 points per game. She put up 25 points in Tuesday’s game, tying her season high, and shot 71 percent from the field, including 5-of-8 from distance.
Lynx host annual camp day
The Lynx will host their 11th annual Camp Day at Target Center on Tuesday. Camp Day features an afternoon game in which groups of kids from across the region come to watch the Lynx play. The team expects groups from all over Minnesota as well as Wisconsin to be in the building today. Camp Day is known for being one of the loudest Lynx games of the year at Target Center, and the lower bowl is expected to be filled with kids this afternoon.
The Lynx announced Monday that forward Rebekkah Brunson would miss the team's two games against Tulsa due to a left calf strain and is expected to return after the Olympic break. The Lynx are also without Devereaux Peters (broken left hand) and Jessica Adair (right knee), who are not expected to return until after the break. The Shock will once again be without Jennifer Lacy and Scholanda Dorrell as they are both recovering from right knee injuries.
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