Lynx at Sky, 7:30 p.m.
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After a cathartic defeat of the Sparks on Thursday, the Lynx are looking to carry that energy over and avoid an emotional letdown as they travel to Chicago to face the Sky on Saturday night.
A big storyline for the Lynx will be if Maya Moore can get back on track after a couple tough outings. Moore had a great few weeks during the Lynx’s seven-game winning streak but has been in a shooting slump lately. The team had her back last night, but Moore was no doubt upset by her 2-for-13 shooting performance.
The Sky are a good team for Moore to find her rhythm against. Chicago allows a league-worst 89.1 points to their opponents, and allow opposing teams to shoot 46.8 percent. But it’s never easy to play on the road—coach Cheryl Reeve will probably look to get Moore going early, but also make sure to conserve her energy. A lot of Moore’s shots have been short lately, and tired legs are a likely cause.
The majority of the Sky’s offensive attack comes from guard Allie Quigley and small forward Diamond DeShields, who are averaging 16.8 and 13.8 points per game, respectively. DeShields, in her first year in the league, is looking like a great addition to Chicago’s future core, but she’ll have her hands full being guarded by an all-time great in Maya Moore.
In the frontcourt, the Sky will have to figure out how to stop Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson, both of whom were outstanding on Thursday. Fowles had 27 points, and Brunson had 15 with 12 rebounds. The Lynx offensive attack is getting more and more comfortable playing through Fowles—using her to initiate offensive sequences and moving the ball around—and the passing game has been outstanding as a result. In their last ten games, the Lynx are averaging 21.7 assists per game, the second-most in the league over that span.
The Lynx are looking to start another winning streak and continue to fight for position in a crowded Western Conference. Minnesota is currently in fourth place in the West with a record of 11-7, but trail the first-place Mercury by just 2.5 games. Every win counts.
Lynx: PG—Whalen, SG—Augustus, SF—Moore, PF—Brunson, C—Fowles
Sky: PG—Vandersloot, SG—Quigley, SF—DeShields, PF—Williams, C—Dolson
Lynx: No injuries to report.
Sky: Jamierra Faulkner (knee) is out.