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It was all smiles for the Lynx on Wednesday afternoon as they turned in another great performance, defeating the Chicago Sky 97-80, and moving to 2-0 on the season.
Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles both had monster games yet again and combined for: 46 points on 17-for-25 from the field, 15 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
Renee Montgomery continued to be a spark plug off of the bench, notching 15 points, three assists and five steals in 20 minutes of play.
After sitting out in Chicago’s first game of the season due to illness, Elena Delle Donne took the court against the Lynx and did not disappoint. The reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player scored 28 points (12-for-20) and grabbed six boards in 31 minutes of action.
2,000: Fowles had another big game and this one came against her former team! The 6’6 Lynx center had 24 points and passed this number of career rebounds in the game as well, gathering a game-high 13 on the day. Fowles is the 19th player in WNBA history to reach this milestone.
21: Minnesota showed their underrated strength again on Wednesday, with their bench outscoring the Sky’s by this many points in the contest. The Lynx’ depth has come up big in the first two games of the season and will be vital to the team’s success come playoff time.
27: On 37 baskets, the Lynx tallied this many assists, surpassing last season’s team high for assists with 25. Minnesota’s ball movement and spacing has been a big reason why they’ve been able to create such large leads against two quality opponents in Phoenix and Chicago.
Leader of the Pack: Sylvia Fowles
In her first game against her former team since being traded last season, Fowles punished the Sky in the paint and left Chicago fans with a sour taste in their mouths.
Last season’s WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player had a complete game, scoring 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds, dishing three assists and tallying two steals.
Highlight of the Day:
Midway through the third quarter, Montgomery’s tenacious defense came into play once again as she caused Chicago’s point guard Courtney Vandersloot to fumble the ball… That’s when the fun began. In an outstanding hustle play, Lynx veteran Janel McCarville dove to the ground and threw a behind-the-back pass to Montgomery for an easy layup. It was a beautiful play overall and a great example of how to create offense out of defense.
The Lynx will be on the road once again on Sunday, May 22nd when they take on the Seattle Storm at 6:00 p.m. The game will be available to watch on WNBA League Pass or JoeTV, and as always, will be streamed on 106.1 BOB FM radio.