Lynx Continue Perfect Season Vs Shock
Maya Moore's decisive 14 third quarter points contributed to her season-high 26 and propelled the Lynx to a 93-73 win over the Shock at the BOK Center on June 9.
With the win tonight, the Lynx matched the best start in WNBA history at 9-0. Previously, only two teams have ever won nine consecutive games to start a season, with Los Angeles accomplishing the feat during the 2001 and 2003 seasons. Los Angeles reached the WNBA Finals in both seasons, including winning the title in 2001.
“That’s by far the best team we’ve seen," Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg said. "I mean they’re all very skilled, their bigs rebound hard and they don’t really have any weaknesses. Coming off last night I thought we really battled them, down two at the half and you could feel it. The energy level wasn’t there that second half. Our game was trying to create some turnovers, disrupt and we were just a step slow. They got some good open looks and they can really shoot the ball.”
The Lynx shot 56.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to that," Temeka Johnson said. "I just finished telling them the trophy is over there. They have something that everybody wants and they’re also trying to keep it. You have to respect the talent that they have and they played well without one of their top players. Minnesota is a very talented team. We need to keep chipping away to figure out a way to get our W.”
Jennifer Lacy made 4-of-7 three-pointers and led the Shock with 15 points. This was Lacy’s fourth consecutive game in double-figures. She was followed by Temeka Johnson who scored 14 points to go along with six assists. Kayla Pedersen grabbed a career high ten rebounds.
“We’ve got to stick together," Lacy said. "We’ve got to help each other - play for each other. We have to want to beat the team more than anything. We have to cut down on the errors that we make at the end of the game and learn how to close out games.”
Despite the 0-8 start, WNBA teams are recognizing the difference in culture, effort and intensity when they play the Shock at either home or on the road and are expecting the team to continue to improve during the 2012 season.
“The games (against the Shock) are going to be a lot harder," Veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin said. "As the season wears on people get used to playing with each other and get used to the system. Everything is new (in Tulsa) again so it is a rebuilding opportunity and you have to give players a chance to get used to the system. We definitely know how tough they are. We have watched their games and we are sure it is going to get tougher and tougher to play against them as they get more comfortable with each other.”