Scouting Report: Lynx vs. Sun
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Lynx (13-3) vs. Sun (11-4) - 7 p.m. Target Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North; WNBA Live Access
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Coming off their third loss in the last six games, the Minnesota Lynx will look to their home crowd at Target Center to get them back on track as they take on the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. tonight.
Minnesota is finishing up a tough week in which they faced San Antonio and Los Angeles both on the road before returning home to play the Sun. Despite dropping both games, the Lynx remain at the top of the West at 13-3, while Connecticut sits atop the East at 10-4.
The Lynx’s last game was against the Sparks on Thursday, a 96-90 loss in Los Angeles. Seimone Augustus scored 18 points and the Lynx bench scored a combined 35 points to the Sparks reserves’ 13. But between Kristi Toliver’s 29 points and Candace Parker’s 28, the Sparks proved too much to handle for the Lynx, who trailed by as many as 20 points during the contest.
“I thought the whole game was not a good one for us,” said coach Cheryl Reeve after the game. “They didn't have to get their third, fourth options in their offense. Everything was first or second option. They had two players that I thought lit us up. Toliver and Parker had everything they wanted and it was an easy game for them.”
The Sun come off an 86-75 win over the Tulsa Shock last night in which Tina Charles put up 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kara Lawson and Asjha Jones had 14 points each, with Jones also collecting 10 boards.
Last time out
Minnesota has met up with Connecticut once during the regular season, beating the Sun 85-72 on their home court on June 1. Seimone Augustus led the Lynx with 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen had 10 points, six rebounds and eight assists. The Sun were led by Tina Charles’s 20 points despite being held scoreless in the fourth quarter and only grabbing one of her 12 rebounds in the final frame. Renee Montgomery had 16 points on the night and Kara Lawson had 14.
“She's one of the best rebounders in the league, but I'm hungry,” said Brunson of Charles. “We weren't doing what we wanted to do (through three quarters) and we kept allowing them to get second chances. … In order to cut that off, I knew I had to crash the boards hard and go try to get as many as I could. Go after it.”
Key matchup: Whalen vs. Lawson
Lindsay Whalen is putting up 11.1 points per game this season, but more impressive is her assists average. With 5.1 per game, she ranks fifth in the league and is second in total assists with 82. She’s coming off a five-assist effort against the Sparks Thursday and sports a season-high of 10 assists against Tulsa on June 9.
Guard Kara Lawson contributes 14 points per game to the Sun as their second-leading scorer. Shooting 50 percent from the field and boasting the highest free throw percentage in the league (90 percent), Lawson is an offensive threat on the perimeter to balance the presence of Charles down low. She also averages 3.4 assists and three rebounds per game.
Lynx center Jessica Adair remains sidelined after a knee operation and is expected to return after the Olympic break.
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