We’re back for another edition of the Lynx Morning Shootaround. The Lynx returned to the Twin Cities last night after finishing off the preseason with a 79-75 victory over the Aces. Minnesota will begin the 2019 regular season on Saturday as the team welcomes back former assistant and current head coach and GM James Wade as the Lynx take on the Chicago Sky. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Target Center.

  • The Lynx completed a 3-0 preseason by rallying past Las Vegas, 79-75, on Sunday afternoon at Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. It’s the seventh time Minnesota has gone unbeaten in a preseason, the third while playing at least three games (also 2004 and 2014). The Lynx improve to 31-21 all-time in exhibition contests, winning 16 of 20 over the past nine years.
  • Minnesota spotted the Aces a 15-point lead early in the 3rd period and still trailed 54-40 three minutes later. However, the Lynx closed the quarter by outscoring Las Vegas 18-5 over the final 4:31 (with Odyssey Sims providing 13 of the 18 points) to narrow the gap to 59-58, then ran off 12 unanswered points during a four-minute stretch of the 4th to open their largest lead at 74-66.
  • The 15-point deficit is the largest Minnesota has overcome to win a preseason game. The Lynx trailed Indiana by 11 in the 1st quarter on May 24, 2011 before regrouping to win 71-66 at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul. Since the WNBA went to a four-quarters format in 2006, the Lynx are now 2-8 in the preseason when trailing after three. Their only previous victory in that category occurred on May 10, 2012 at Connecticut (trailed 69-67, won 87-85).
  • Minnesota’s reserves outscored the Aces’ 48-14, with Sims pouring in a game-high 25 points and Lexie Brown adding 10 points and a game-best seven assists. The Lynx and Atlanta shared the WNBA lead in preseason bench scoring, receiving an average of 47.0 ppg apiece (Phoenix 44.0, Connecticut 43.0, Los Angeles 42.5).
  • Sims’ 25 points are the most by a Lynx player in any preseason game since Seimone Augustus scored 26 vs. Seattle on May 13, 2006 at the Sports Pavilion (an 84-75 Minnesota victory). Meanwhile, the seven assists credited to Brown equal Sims (May 10 vs. Washington) for the Lynx’ most in a preseason game since Lindsey Moore handed out eight vs. Chicago on May 11, 2014 in Orlando.
  • The Lynx outrebounded Las Vegas 37-36 – including 13-2 in the final 7:00 (9-1 in the final 5:00) – and piled up a 16-9 advantage in 2nd-chance scoring. In three preseason starts, Minnesota enjoyed a 49-16 edge in the latter category (16.3-5.3 per game) and outrebounded its opponents by an average of +10.7 rpg (35.7-25.0).

Minnesota Lynx
Most 3-Point FGs Made, Preseason Game

#          Player   Opponent         Date     Final

5          Odyssey Sims at Las Vegas    May 19, 2019    W79-75

5          Tricia Liston      vs. New York    June 1, 2015     W85-80

5          Betty Lennox     vs. Charlotte     May 20, 2000    W84-65


Minnesota Lynx
Most 3-Point FGs Made, Preseason Game

#          Opponent         Date     Final

11        vs. Charlotte     May 20, 2000    W84-65

10        at Las Vegas    May 19, 2019    W79-75

9          vs. Portland      May 26, 2000    W95-67