6:00 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena
Where to Watch: WNBA League Pass
Where to Listen: 106.1 BOB FM
The WNBA and your very own Minnesota Lynx are back up and runnin’ after nearly a five-week break due to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 21-4 defending League Champions will take the court against the 8-16 Connecticut Sun on Friday night. The visiting team will be looking to pick up where they left off before the break when they won six straight games.
The last time Minnesota dropped a game… On July 7th in Connecticut. The Lynx will be looking to avenge their overtime loss to the Sun and continue their impressive play that they’ve exhibited so far this season.
Before tuning into WNBA’s League Pass to take in tonight’s action, be sure to keep these interesting factoids in mind:
– The Lynx brought guard Anna Cruz back to the team on Thursday after the Spanish veteran earned a Silver Medal at the Summer Olympics. Cruz was a key piece in Minnesota winning a Championship last season as the 29-year-old averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 boards and 2.7 assists in the post-season.
– Minnesota ranks second in the league in assists per game (20.5) and points allowed (75.8). In those same categories, Connecticut ranks ninth and tenth respectively.
– The Suns have five players on their roster averaging 10 or more points per game, meaning that although their rank in assists per game isn’t very high, they do a nice job of moving the ball around. Minnesota on the other hand only has three players who put in 10 or more points per game, but the Lynx also have eight players total averaging seven or more points per game, while Connecticut has seven.
Coming Off Of…
A nice break. While Connecticut had the opportunity to practice with the full squad over the Olympic break, Minnesota had four players travel to Brazil and help Team USA bring home a Gold Medal. Friday night will be a good tell of whether or not the Olympians (Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles) are worn out, or if the tough international competition prepared them even more for a late-season push.