The Lynx are in desperate need for a win on Tuesday night against the Sky in Chicago.
Minnesota has lost three-straight games. These games have been against solid competition (the Storm, Dream and Sparks are the top-three teams in the standings), but those losses have dropped the Lynx all the way to the seventh seed with a 15-13 record. With just six games left, every game is crucial considering the Lynx are only two games back from third place but only one game up on eighth place and 2.5 games up on ninth place.
For the Sky, they’d need some sort of miracle to make the playoffs, sitting at 10-18, 10th in the standings and four games back from a playoff spot. We know that standings don’t mean all that much with how much parity there in the league right now. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night. Chicago beat Minnesota 77-63 back on July 7.
What: Lynx at Sky
When: Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 p.m. CT
Where: Wintrust Arena
Listen: Bob 106.1 FM
Getting Maya Back On Track
Since winning All-Star Game MVP honors for the third-straight year on July 28, Lynx wing Maya Moore has struggled mightily. In three games since the break, Moore is averaging just 10 points per game while shooting 34 percent from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point line.
As far as shooting percentages go, Moore is having a down year compared to the rest of her career. Her 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from deep both mark career lows, but three weeks ago she put up 38 points against Phoenix. Maya is still Maya, she’s just going through a slump. And when the WNBA’s season is as short as it is, slumps become that much more noticeable.
Chicago has the one-two punch of Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley in its backcourt. Vandersloot is one of the game’s best passers. She’s averaging a league-high 8.4 assists per game, which is also a career high. She is also scoring at a high rate this season, averaging 12 points per game while shooting 40 percent from deep.
And then there’s Quigley, who is an absolute sharpshooter. The back-to-back 3-point champion is shooting 43 percent from the 3-point line to go with 15.9 points per game. Her career arc is an interesting one. In her first eight seasons in the league, she had only averaged double-digits twice. In her last two seasons, she’s averaged 16.2 points per game while making two All-Star games.
Projected Starting Lineups
Lynx: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles
Sky: PG – Vandersloot, SG – Quigley, SF – DeShields, PF – Williams, C – Dolson
Lynx: Rebekkah Brunson (nose) is out.
Sky: Jamierra Faulkner (ACL) is out for the season.