Minnesota Lynx (12-3) vs Connecticut Sun (7-7)

July 22, 2015, 12:00 p.m. (CT)

TV: WNBA LiveAccess

Radio: BOB FM 106.1

Game #16, Home Game #8

 

  • Today’s game is the Lynx’ annual “Camp Day” presented by Delta Dental. Over 17,000 day campers and fans from across the state will invade Target Center. Today’s game vs. Connecticut marks the 14th straight year the Lynx have hosted a midweek afternoon contest; they’ve put together an 8-5 record, highlighted by the 81-69 victory over Phoenix two years ago. They’ve drawn an average of 13,539 overall in the previous 13 games, including a franchise-record crowd of 16,413 for the 93-82 win over Tulsa last July 16

 

  • Entering today’s game vs. the Connecticut Sun, the Lynx have won eight of their past 10 vs the Sun, beginning with a 111-103 overtime win on Aug. 3, 2010 and lead the all-time series, 17-14. The Sun suffered its sixth straight loss Sunday night at the Verizon Center, falling 89-82 to the Washington Mystics.  Connecticut has not won in Minnesota since July 7, 2012 when it defeated the Lynx, 86-80.

 

  • Minnesota ran its winning streak to a season-best four games with Sunday’s 79-72 decision at Tulsa. The Lynx improve to 12-3 on the year and lead Phoenix (9-7) and Tulsa (10-8) by three and half games atop the West. The Lynx’ current four-game streak began with a 66-49 home victory over San Antonio on July 12 and continued with an 85-79 decision at Connecticut on July 14 and an 84-66 win over Chicago last Friday.

 

  • On Monday, Minnesota picked up guard Renee Montgomery, along with a second-round draft pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, from Seattle in exchange for guard Monica Wright. Montgomery, a six-year veteran from Connecticut, was selected by the Lynx in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft and earned All-Rookie Team honors before being dealt to Connecticut on Jan. 12, 2010 as part of the trade that landed Lindsay Whalen. She spent five seasons with the Sun prior to the Jan. 28 move to Seattle in a three-player transaction. Montgomery has compiled career averages of 10.6 ppg (38.4%) and 3.2 apg in 209 games with the Lynx, Sun and Storm, playing for the East in the 2011 All-Star Game and winning the 2012 Sixth Woman of the Year Award. The deal is Minnesota’s first in-season trade since July 2010 and just the fifth such move all-time.

 

  • Maya Moore was named the WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Moore averaged a league-leading 29.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists as Minnesota went 3-0 on the week, shooting 53.4% from the floor, 52.6% (10-for-19) from three-point range and 93.8% (15-for-16) from the line. She posted a season-high 32 points at Tulsa, including a franchise-record 30 in the second half. She added 10 rebounds and five assists to become the 10th player in WNBA history to collect 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in a game.

 

  • Minnesota shot 50.8% (32-for-63) from the field in the July 14 win at Connecticut, marking its league-leading sixth 50%+ night of the season. The Lynx are 51-1 when shooting 50%, dating to an Aug. 20, 2010 defeat at Los Angeles.

 

  • During Connecticut’s six-game losing streak, one of the bright spots has been three-point shooting. The Sun have made 43 of 120 attempts (35.8%) while climbing to fifth in the league in field goal percentage from behind the arc. Connecticut made a season-high 11 threes in the loss to Minnesota (7/14).

 

  • The Lynx collected a season-high fast-break points in the July 15 win at Connecticut, then followed up by outscoring Chicago 20-2 in transition last Friday. Minnesota is averaging 18.5 points per game on the break in its past four outings, after scoring a total of 20 points in prior four contests.

 

  • Today’s contest wraps up a run of six games in 13 days for the Lynx leading up to All-Star break.