The Minnesota Lynx went into the All-Star Break as the hottest team in the WNBA, having won seven straight games.
They continued their hot-streak on Friday night against the San Antonio Silver Stars, coming away with an 85-63 win.
After eight quick points from Minnesota in the first two minutes, the Lynx were up 8-3, forcing San Antonio to take its first timeout.
Lynx vs. Stars
San Antonio was without star guard Becky Hammon (knee), Sophia Young (knee) forward Delisha Milton-Jones (knee), but surprisingly the depleted Silver Stars were able to hold their own. Early on at least.
The Lynx led 25-20 at the end of the first quarter. Forward Maya Moore led the way with seven points, while Seimone Augustus added six.
The second quarter wasnt exactly an offensive-dream for either team. The Lynx won the quarter 14-13, but San Antonio battled to keep things close. That would end in the third, though, as Minnesota held San Antonio to just nine points, while taking a 55-41 lead going into the fourth.
The Lynx would go onto win 85-63, getting just about everyone involved in the final quarter. Rookies Sugar Rodgers and Lindsey Moore were able to get on the scoreboard.
Augustus had a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds. She was 9-for-4 from the field, remaining efficient, shooting higher than 50 percent this season. Despite having three fouls going into the second half, Maya Moore finished the game strong, finishing with 16 points in 30 minutes of play.
Whalen scored 12 points, added a game-high eight assists and had six rebounds. Monica Wright scored 14 points off the bench. Dev Peters had a solid game as well off the pine, finishing with eight points and four rebounds.
Forward Shameka Christon led the Silver Stars with 15 points off the bench. The only other player to score in double digits was point guard Danielle Robinson, who finished with 12 points and seven assist.
The Lynx are now a WNBA-best 15-3 and are 9-0 this season. They have won eight straight games, the longest streak in the league, while winning 17 games at home. That is the fourth longest streak in league history.
It was good to get back here from the All-Star Break, said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. I thought today was a solid game for us. I think San Antonio made things difficult for us like they always do.
Its not Seimones scoring that is impressive. Well, okay, that is impressive. But its the fact that she is shooting 52 percent from the field this season, which is unheard of from a shooting guard.
Shooting 9-for-14 on Friday was just a testament to what shes been doing all season long for the team.
Just offensive flow, taking what the defense gives me, Augustus said. Most of my shots were probably layups. I maybe had two or three jumpers if I remember clearly. Just the offensive flow has been great.
Highlight of the Game
To start the game, point guard Lindsay Whalen stole the ball, went down the court and finished with a basket to put the Lynx up 2-0. This is something Whalen has done all season long, setting the tone early for the team. Its the gritty play that Whalen has shown to make sure every game gets off on the right foot.
I just love when we start the game that way, Reeve said. She said she dribbled off her head so she figured shed just go ahead and get the steal. She got her head in there.
The Numbers Game
Minnesota shot 53.5 percent tonight, which marks the seventh game this season they have shot 50 percent or better, while San Antonio shot just 34.2 percent. This season, the Lynx have held 11 opponents to sub-40 percent shooting.
The Lynx outscored San Antonio 50-22 in the paint. Minnesota came into the game averaging 35.9 paint points per game.
We have to do everything right and say everything right. There are the league folks in town Dont get me in trouble. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie was in town to watch Friday nights game.
The Lynx host the Seattle Storm (8-10) at 6 p.m. at the Target Center. The game can be heard on BOB 106.1 FM and on WNBA LiveAccess.
It's the team's first game against the Storm this season. Seattle sits in fourth place in the Western Conference.
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