Web Editorial Associate
The Minnesota Lynx have kicked off another season with a winning streak, holding a 9-0 record heading into Saturday’s game against the Connecticut Sun.
This isn’t the first time that the Lynx have come out of the gate undefeated, however. Minnesota went 13-0 to start off the 2016 season.
As part of Flashback Friday, we take a look back at the 2016 winning streak and how it compares to the current 2017 winning streak.
Minnesota’s 2016 winning streak, which spanned from May 14 to June 21, was the longest winning streak to open a season WNBA history.
During that 13-game stretch, the Lynx were statistically one of the best, if not the best, team in the WNBA. Minnesota averaged 86.5 points per game, shot 48.1 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from three, averaged 34 rebounds, 20.5 assists and 9.7 steals a game.
Defensively, the Lynx allowed opponents to score just 73.8 points a game, shoot 41.2 percent from the field and record 30.5 rebounds a contest.
In 2017, Minnesota has nearly mirrored that record-breaking performance in 2016.
Offensively during the current nine-game winning streak, the Lynx are averaging 86.7 points per game (2nd in WNBA), are shooting 47.3 percent from the field (ranks 3rd) and 36.5 percent from three (ranks 3rd), while averaging 36.1 rebounds (ranks 5th), 22.3 assists (ranks 1st) and 8.4 steals (ranks 2nd) per game.
Defensively, Minnesota is yet again one of the best teams in the league. The Lynx are allowing opponents to score 72.8 points per game (best in WNBA) and shoot 41.2 percent from the field (ranks 4th).
Although 2016’s winning streak includes four more games, the 2017 undefeated start to the season look awfully familiar to the Lynx.
Minnesota looks to continue to build onto their winning streak at 7 p.m. Saturday night against Connecticut in St. Paul. That game will be aired on Fox Sports North Plus, NBATV and 106.1 BOB FM.
Check out this photo gallery we put together containing a few photos from the Lynx 13-0 start in 2016: