Preseason Scouting Report | Lynx at Mystics

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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6 p.m., Verizon Center
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The Minnesota Lynx play in their second and final preseason game on Monday night against the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

The Lynx come in with a record of 1-0 in the preseason after Friday night’s win. The Mystics also enter at 1-0 after winning their preseason opener.

A few tidbits entering Monday’s preseason finale:

  • Minnesota’s 113 points in its first preseason game is the highest scoring preseason game in franchise history.
  • The Lynx had their bench account for 80 of their 113 points so far this preseason.
  • It’s the first time Minnesota will play the new-look Washington team, who acquired 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne during the offseason.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 113-67 win over the Atlanta Dream on Friday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Natasha Howard had 19 points to lead the way for the Lynx. Rebekkah Brunson had 14 points, five rebounds and three steals, Alexis Jones had 12 points and five assists and Temi Fagbenle and Shao Ting each had 10 points off the bench.

Washington is coming off of an 87-67 win over the Indiana Fever last Tuesday in Indiana.

Asia Taylor had 13 points to lead the Mystics in the game. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Elena Delle Donne had 12 points each, Mehryn Kraker had 11 points and Tianna Hawkins had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Last Matchup

The Lynx held a 2-1 season series advantage over the Mystics last season. The last matchup between the two teams came on September 2 in Minneapolis, where the Lynx won 75-69.

In that game, Maya Moore had 27 points and six rebounds and Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 17 rebounds to lead Minnesota. Lindsay Whalen added nine points and four assists and Janel McCarville had six points and four assists off the bench.

For Washington, Tayler Hill had 15 points and Leilani Mitchell had 13 points to lead the way. LaToya Sanders had 10 points and Emma Meesseman had nine points and five rebounds for the Mystics.

Key Matchup: Rebekkah Brunson vs. Elena Delle Donne

One matchup to keep an eye on during Monday night’s game will be between Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson and Washington’s Elena Delle Donne.

Brunson, who is in her 14th WNBA season this year, is coming off of averaging 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds (10th in the league) and 1.8 assists per game a season ago.

Delle Donne, who spent her previous four WNBA seasons with the Chicago Sky, averaged 21.5 points (tied for most in the league), seven rebounds, 1.9 assist and 1.5 blocks per game last season.

Injuries

Washington: No injuries to report.

Minnesota: Plenette Pierson (concussion) is out.

Projected Starters

Washington: PG – Ruffin-Pratt, SG – Walker-Kimbrough, SF – Cloud, PF – Delle Donne, C – Thomas

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles