Scouting Report | Lynx vs. Fever

Fever (2-1) at Lynx (4-0)

7:00 p.m., Target Center

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Where To Listen: 106.1 BOB FM

The Minnesota Lynx hope to advance to 5-0 on the young season on Friday night against the Indiana Fever at the Target Center.

The Lynx wrapped up a three-game road trip, beating the Chicago Sky, Seattle Storm and Phoenix Mercury.

The Fever are 2-1 overall, good for second in the Eastern Conference.

A few observations heading into Friday night’s game:

  • The Lynx will be going up against former forward Devereau Peters. Peters is averaging 10 points and three rebounds per game for the Fever after spending the previous four seasons in Minnesota. She averaged 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Lynx last season.
  • If the Lynx go 5-0, it would mark the second time in three seasons the team has done so.
  • This will be Indiana’s first road game of the season.

Coming Off Of…

The Lynx are coming off of an 85-78 road win over the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday. Maya Moore led the Lynx with 34 points, shooting 11-for-18 from the field, 3-for-5 from the 3-point line and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Sylvia Fowles added 18 points and eight rebounds. The Lynx shot a near-perfect 22-for-24 from the free-throw line.

The Fever are coming off of a 94-85 home win against the Atlanta Dream last Friday. Tamika Catchings led the way with 14 points, while Marissa Coleman, Shenise Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell, Lynetta Kizer and Peters added 12 each. Natalie Achonwa added 10.

Last Matchup:

The two teams last faced off in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. As you know, probably, the Lynx won 69-52 to capture their third title in five years.

Fowles led Minnesota with 20 points and 11 rebounds on her way to a Finals MVP trophy. Seimone Augustus added 16 points, while Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Catchings led Indiana with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Briann January added 13 points, while Johnson scored 10.

Key Matchup: Rebekkah Brunson vs. Tamika Catchings

This will be one of the last opportunities Brunson will have to shut down the future Hall of Famer. Catchings is having a decent season, averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She’s struggled with her shot, shooting just 37.9 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Brunson’s season has started slow, as she returned to Minnesota just days before the season due to overseas commitments. In four games this season, Brunson is averaging 4.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 26.1 percent from the field. Those numbers will almost certainly go up, though, as Brunson has averaged 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds throughout her career.

Projected Starters:

Indiana: G- Wheeler, G – Johnson, F – Coleman, F – Catchings, C – Larkins

Minnesota: G- Whalen, G- Augustus, F- Moore, F- Brunson, C- Fowles