Scouting Report | Lynx vs. Stars

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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6 p.m., Xcel Energy Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North, NBA TV
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM 

The Minnesota Lynx look to improve on their WNBA-leading 10-1 record when they host the San Antonio Stars on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Lynx come in at 10-1 overall and are in first place in the WNBA standings. The Stars enter at 0-13 on the season and are in 12th place.

Here are a few tidbits as we enter Sunday’s game:

  • The Lynx come into Sunday’s game holding a 1.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks (9-3) for the best record in the WNBA.
  • The quartet of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen currently have 121 wins together and come into the game tied with Tamecka Dixon, Lisa Leslie, Mwadi Mabika and DeLisha Milton-Jones (121 wins with the L.A. Sparks) for most wins as a quartet.
  • Sunday’s game will be the second of three games this season between Minnesota and San Antonio and will be the final game between the two teams in St. Paul.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 93-76 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday in St. Paul.

Maya Moore had a near triple-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Lynx. Sylvia Fowles finished with a double-double of 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, Lindsay Whalen had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds, Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and four rebounds and both Seimone Augustus and Natasha Howard had nine points each.

San Antonio is coming off of an 81-69 loss to the Dallas Wings on Friday in San Antonio.

Kayla McBride had 20 points and three rebounds to lead the Stars. Isabelle Harrison had 12 points and six rebounds, Monique Currie had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists and Dearica Hamby had nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

Last Matchup 

Minnesota holds a 1-0 season series advantage over San Antonio, with the last matchup coming on May 28 in St. Paul. In that game, Minnesota came away with the 80-66 victory.

Fowles led the Lynx in the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Moore had 13 points and three rebounds, Brunson had 13 points, Augustus had 12 points and four assists, Natasha Howard had 10 points and Lindsay Whalen added 10 assists.

For the Stars, Kayla McBride finished with a team-high 18 points and four assists. Kayla Alexander had 13 points and five rebounds, Isabelle Harrison had 11 points and four rebounds and Moriah Jefferson added four points and six assists.

Sunday’s game is the second of three games between the two teams this season. The third and final matchup will come on Aug. 25 in San Antonio.

Key Matchup: Seimone Augustus vs. Kayla McBride 

One matchup to watch out for on Sunday night will come between Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus and San Antonio’s Kayla McBride.

Augustus, in her 12th WNBA season, is averaging 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season.

McBride, in her fourth season, leads the Stars in points per game with 15.3. She is also averaging 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals a game in 2017.

Injuries 

San Antonio: No injuries to report.

Minnesota: No injuries to report.

Projected Starters

San Antonio: PG – Plum, SG – McBride, SF – Currie, PF – de Souza, C – Harrison

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles