Scouting Report | Minnesota at Chicago

Todd Barin

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11:30 a.m., Allstate Arena

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The Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky will match up before noon on Wednesday in a battle between two highly paced offenses.

“They experience 90’s often,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “They’re a very scary team offensively, very scary team. They have some many weapons, they’ve just got this terrific mindset and they run some unique things that spread you out.”

One of the players who make the Sky so dangerous is fourth-year player Elena Delle Donne. Standing 6’5 and being able to play either the guard or forward position, last year’s WNBA Most Valuable Player poses a unique combination of speed and size.

“Delle Donne is a willing passer when she recognizes that her shot is going to be too difficult,” Reeve said. “We’ve given Della Donne different looks mostly because she plays two positions, starting as a 3 and then halfway through the quarter moving to the 4.”

Coming off of an emotional game on Saturday with the Ring Ceremony, Banner raising and opening night on national television, Reeve is confident the team will be able to get amped up and defend well against Delle Donne and company despite the early start.

“Usually these early games and with the Kids Day, School Day, whatever they’re calling it, there’s usually a ton of energy in the building, so while it might only be 11:30 a.m., it’s going to be loud,” Reeve said. “It’s a home game for Chicago, so there’ll be a great deal of enthusiasm. We just have that mindset of it doesn’t matter what time we play, or where we’re playing, we’ve got to be ready, and this group has done that.”

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota won in a very convincing manner over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night, 95-76. Maya Moore tossed in a game-high 27 points along with 10 assists, while Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles all played great as well, each scoring more than 14 points a piece.

The Sky are also undefeated on the season, winning their opening game on Saturday night, 93-70 against the Connecticut Sun. Chicago really buckled down defensively all game and caused the Sun to shoot only 33.8 percent from the field. Delle Donne did not even play in their first game, but thankfully for the Sky’s backcourt combination of Courtney Vandersloot (14 points) and Cappie Pondexter (13 points), they came out victorious.

Last Matchup:

These two offensive juggernauts last took the court against one another on July 17th, 2015, and it was the home team Lynx that walked away with the W, 84-66.

Minnesota’s defensive switches caused havoc for Delle Donne, forcing her to go 5-for-15 from the field. While she still had 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, it was a relatively quiet night for the former Blue Hen of the University of Delaware.

Playing without Augustus or Monica Wright, Moore and Anna Cruz took it upon themselves to put the team on their backs, combining for 45 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

Key Matchup: Elena Delle Donne vs. Maya Moore

Although the 2013 Rookie of the Year and 3-time All-Star Delle Donne didn’t play in Chicago’s first game due to illness, she is expected to be ready for Wednesday’s matchup.

MVP vs. MVP, what more can you ask for?

Projected Starters:

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

CHI: G- Vandersloot, G- Pondexter, F- Delle Donne, F- Breland, C- De Souza