The Lynx are back in the win column! In a back and forth contest, Minnesota shook off their recent late-game troubles and outscored the Mystics 20-11 in the fourth quarter to get the 88-80 victory.
Rebekkah Brunson shook off a tough night and buried a huge three with 1:33 left in the game to put the Lynx up 82-77. That would be the Lynx’s last basket excluding free-throws. Danielle Robinson also had a key jumper with a little under three minutes left in the game in what ended up being a low-scoring and defensive-minded fourth quarter.
The Lynx were paced by Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus, who scored 21 and 16 points, respectively. Fowles also added 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Tanisha Wright was excellent off the bench, including spending some time at point guard, scoring 14 points to go along with 4 assists.
Every Lynx player in uniform saw action, and eight players scored in a balanced offensive effort. Minnesota ended the game shooting 47 percent from the field, and an outstanding 94.7 percent from the line on 19 attempts. In typical Lynx fashion, they outrebounded the Mystics 34-20. Minnesota also displayed some good early clutch play—they went on a 16-4 run to close out the first quarter after trailing by ten, and outscored Washington 9-2 to finish the half.
Not everything was perfect—the Lynx still turned the ball over 17 times and allowed the Mystics to shoot 50 percent from the field, but they came up big when it counted and put themselves in a position to win.
It’s incredibly encouraging to see the Lynx gut out a tough win on the road. When everything is going smoothly, it’s easy to forget the hard work and sheer will that goes into winning games at the WNBA level. The Lynx are a veteran team, so they know what it takes, but it has to feel good finally seeing their work pay off.
With the win, the Lynx are 3-5 on the season. They face the Sun in Connecticut on Saturday in what will be another important test on the road.