Web Editorial Associate
The Minnesota Lynx host the Washington Mystics in Game 2 of the semifinal round of the WNBA Playoffs on Thursday night.
Here are our three Keys to the Game for Game 2 at Williams Arena:
1. Three-Point Shooting
In Minnesota’s Game 1 victory on Tuesday night, the Lynx shot the lights out of Williams Arena.
Led by Renee Montgomery with four three-pointers, the Lynx finished with 12 threes in the game, which was a new franchise playoff record.
Maya Moore added three threes, while Jia Perkins and Seimone Augustus had two each and Rebekkah Brunson added one.
If the Lynx continue to shoot in Game 2 the way they did in Game 1, we might see a similar dominant performance out of Minnesota.
2. Bench Play
The bench play, mainly from the Lynx, in Game 1 was and will continue to be a key thing in this series.
Minnesota held a 34-28 advantage over Washington in bench scoring, but got a huge boost from Montgomery in 20-plus minutes. She finished with a new playoff career-high of 18 points.
With Whalen coming back to the Lynx starting lineup, Montgomery has headed back to being the main bench player coming into the game, which gives the Minnesota second unit another weapon.
3. Production Of Toliver And Delle Donne
Coming off of a dominant performance in the second round of the playoffs against New York, Minnesota kept Washington’s Kristi Toliver and Elena Delle Donne in check for the most part in Game 1 on Tuesday.
Toliver and Delle Donne combined for a total of 50 points, 12 rebounds and six assists against the Liberty in the second round. That includes shooting 44 percent from the field and 11 threes.
On Tuesday in Game 1 on Tuesday, Toliver and Delle Donne combined for 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and shot 7-of-18 from the field.
If Minnesota can hold those two in check again on Thursday, things will go well for the Lynx once again.
Game 2 between the Lynx and Mystics will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Williams Arena. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM and TuneIn Radio.