Three Observations From Thursday’s Win Over Liberty

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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The Minnesota Lynx improved to 2-0 on the season when they took down the New York Liberty 90-71 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Here are three observations from Thursday’s game:

Balanced Attack From Lynx

The Lynx displayed a balanced attack in the win over the Liberty, seeing all five starters score in double figures.

Minnesota was led by Maya Moore with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, recording her 29th career double-double.

Sylvia Fowles added 12 points and seven rebounds, Lindsay Whalen had 12 points and five assists, Seimone Augustus had 11 points and five rebounds and Rebekkah Brunson had 11 points and four rebounds.

When the Lynx are attacking opponents from all over the place like they were Thursday night, they are a tough team to stop.

Minnesota’s Bench Steps Up

After scoring 13 points in the season-opening win over the Chicago Sky last Sunday, Minnesota’s bench stepped up during Thursday’s win.

The Lynx bench went off for 28 points in the game, led by Renee Montgomery and Plenette Pierson with seven points each. Lynx rookie Alexis Jones also recorded her first career points in the game, making a deep three in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota’s bench outscored New York’s bench 28-17 in the game.

Rodgers Leads Way For Liberty

Sugar Rodgers led the way for New York, finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds.

In the first half, Rodgers exploded for 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three. The second half was a different story, however, as Rodgers tallied just one point.

The Lynx also did a nice job defending Liberty standout Tina Charles, holding her to just six points and seven rebounds. Charles led the WNBA in points per game last season with 21.5 points a contest.

Minnesota is back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Dallas Wings in Dallas. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North and 106.1 BOB FM.