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The Minnesota Lynx concluded day four of training camp on Wednesday afternoon at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square. And the practice had a little bit of a different look to it.
Wednesday’s practice was a rookies only practice, allowing head coach Cheryl Reeve and the rest of the Lynx coaching staff the opportunity to get a closer look at the rookies at camp.
“They embraced the moment, which was good. They are trying to make a team,” Reeve said. “What was really good was we spent an hour in video and just showing them some things. What was really important to see, based on the teachings last night and the video today, who could go out there and actually apply it. As a group, I thought it was exceptional.
“This was a great day for the rookies to not have the imposing presence of Maya (Moore) or Seimone (Augustus) or Lindsay (Whalen) that sometimes I think can be hard. So, it was good to get a chance to see them away from that group.”
For Temi Fagbenle and the rest of the rookies, the rookies only practice also allowed them to showcase their skills.
“It’s been very eye-opening. I’ve learned a lot so far,” said Fagbenle, a 2016 third-round Lynx draft pick. “These women are in their prime. . . I love being in this high competitive environment. I’m just learning so much from the coaches and players.”
While Wednesday gave Reeve and her coaching staff the chance to get a better look at the rookies, it also gave the veterans a break before getting back to work in training camp on Thursday.
“I told (the rookies) I was really happy with them and the extra work that they put in,” Reeve said. “They bettered themselves today and when we merge with the veterans tomorrow, we will be that much better.”