The United States National Team took on the Select Team on Monday night. The National Team came away with an 88-84 win, but in a simple exhibition the score isn’t all that important.
Something to be proud of if you’re a fan of the Minnesota Lynx fan was how well the five representatives on the Olympic squads played.
We’ll start with Natasha Howard who was representing the Select Team. Howard is a player who comes off the bench for the Lynx, so that shows you just how deep this Lynx squad is. Howard played 18 minutes and finished with a game-high 24 points while shooting 8-for-13 from the field, 3-for-5 from the 3-point line (stretch forward, anyone?) and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. She also added four rebounds, two steals and a block.
And then we move to the National Team, where the Lynx are represented by Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles.
Moore led the group with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. She struggled from the field, though, shooting just 3-for-9. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, however.
Whalen added nine points in 18 minutes, shooting 4-for-8 from the field and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. She also had a team-high five assists to go with two rebounds and two steals.
Augustus only had two points, but hauled in a team-high six rebounds, two coming on the offensive end. She was second on the team with a +/- of +6.
And finally, there was Fowles. Fowles finished with four points, three rebounds and an assist in nine minutes of play.
It’s worth noting that the load for the National Team was pretty evenly split. No players played more than 26 minutes and no player scored more than 11 points.
You can see the full box score here.
Next up for Team USA will be France on July 27 at 7.