Scouting Report | Lynx vs. Mercury

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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7 p.m., Xcel Energy Center
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North Plus, NBATV
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM, TuneIn Radio

The Minnesota Lynx return home to take on the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Lynx enter the game at 22-6 overall and are in the top spot in the WNBA standings. The Mercury are 15-14 on the season and are in sixth place.

Here are a few tidbits as we head into Tuesday’s game:

  • Minnesota holds a 1.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Sparks (21-8) for the best record in the WNBA.
  • The Lynx are 12-2 in front of their home crowd this season. The Mercury are 8-7 overall away from Phoenix.
  • Tuesday’s game is the final home game of the month for Minnesota. The Lynx will go on a three-game road trip before returning home on Sept. 1 for a two-game homestand that will finish the regular season.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 70-61 loss to the New York Liberty on Sunday in New York.

Maya Moore led the Lynx with 22 points and six rebounds, Seimone Augustus had 13 points and three assists, Sylvia Fowles had seven points, 15 rebounds and two blocks, Plenette Pierson had seven points and three assists and Jia Perkins added six points and five rebounds off the bench.

Phoenix is coming off of a 94-66 loss to the Connecticut Sun on Sunday in Connecticut.

Brittney Griner had 18 points and six rebounds and Monique Currie had 12 points and four rebounds to lead the Mercury. Camille Little had eight points and four rebounds, Emma Cannon had eight points and five rebounds off the bench and Diana Taurasi added seven points and three rebounds.

Last Matchup

Minnesota holds a 3-0 season series advantage over Phoenix this season, with the last matchup resulting in an 81-66 Lynx win on July 16 in St. Paul.

In that game, Fowles had 18 points and five rebounds and Perkins added 13 points off the bench for the Lynx. Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and four rebounds, Renee Montgomery and Pierson each had 10 points and Moore finished with nine points, nine rebounds and three steals.

For the Mercury, Yvonne Turner had 18 points and Currie had 13 points and four rebounds. Danielle Robinson had 10 points and six rebounds, Angel Robinson had eight points and six rebounds and Little had seven points.

Tuesday’s game is the fourth and final game between the two teams during the regular season.

Key Matchup: Sylvia Fowles vs. Brittney Griner

One matchup to watch out for in Tuesday’s game will come between Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles and Phoenix’ Brittney Griner.

It will be the first time the two MVP candidates will face off in St. Paul this season. The last time Minnesota and Phoenix played at Xcel Energy Center, Griner was out with an injury.

So far this season, Fowles is averaging 19.9 points (4th in WNBA), 10.3 rebounds (2nd in WNBA), 2.1 blocks (3rd in WNBA), 1.4 assist sand 1.2 steals per game.

Through 21 games, Griner is averaging 21.5 points (best in WNBA), 8.1 rebounds (8th in WNBA), 2.3 blocks (best in WNBA) and 1.9 assists per game.

Injuries 

Phoenix: Angel Robinson (knee) is questionable.

Minnesota: Lindsay Whalen (left hand) and Brunson (left ankle) are out.

Projected Starters

Phoenix: PG – Robinson, SG – Taurasi, SF – Currie, PF – Little, C – Griner

Minnesota: PG – Montgomery, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Pierson, C – Fowles