Scouting Report | Lynx vs. Sun

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

7 p.m., Xcel Energy Center
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The Minnesota Lynx return to their home floor for a one-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Connecticut Sun.

The Lynx come in at 3-0 overall and are in first place in the Western Conference. The Sun enter at 0-2 on the season, sitting in sixth in the Eastern Conference.

A few tidbits as we head into Tuesday’s game:

  • The Lynx enter the game having won 20 straight games in the month of May.
  • Rebekkah Brunson hauled in her 3,000th career rebound last Saturday, becoming the 5th player in WNBA history to reach the milestone.
  • The Lynx and Sun will play twice this week, playing Tuesday in St. Paul and Friday in Connecticut.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of an 89-87 win over the Dallas Wings on Saturday in Texas.

Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 27 points and 13 rebounds, Maya Moore had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds, Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Brunson had seven points, 11 rebounds and four steals and Lindsay Whalen had four points and six assists.

Connecticut is coming off of an 81-79 loss to the Indiana Fever on Saturday in Indiana.

Jonquel Jones had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to lead the Sun. Alex Bentley had 14 points and three assists, Morgan Tuck had 13 points and six rebounds, Lynetta Kizer had 12 points and Courtney Williams had 10 points and five rebounds.

Last Matchup

The Sun held a 2-1 season series advantage over the Lynx a season ago. The last matchup between the two teams came on Sept. 4 in Minneapolis, where Minnesota came away with the 93-79 victory.

In that game, Moore had 24 points and five rebounds to lead the Lynx. Fowles had 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals, Brunson had 13 points and five rebounds and Renee Montgomery had six points.

For Connecticut, Bentley had 16 points and six assists to lead the way. Jones and Chiney Ogwumike had 14 points each, Camille Little had 11 points and Williams added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.

Tuesday’s game is the first of three games between Minnesota and Connecticut this season. The next game comes on Friday in Connecticut.

Key Matchup: Sylvia Fowles vs. Jonquel Jones

One matchup to keep an eye on Tuesday night will come in the post between Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones, who are both off to nice starts to the 2017 season.

Fowles, who recently earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors, is averaging 21.7 points (tied for fourth in the WNBA), 10 rebounds (fourth in the WNBA), two blocks (third in the WNBA) and two steals per game this season.

Jones is averaging 13.5 points, 16 rebounds (best in the WNBA), two assists and one block per game this year for the Sun.


Connecticut: Jasmine Thomas (personal) and Alyssa Thomas (concussion) are questionable. Chiney Ogwumike (Achilles) is out.

Minnesota: No injuries to report.

Projected Starters

Connecticut: PG – Bentley, SG – Williams, SF – Tuck, PF – Kizer, C – Jones

Minnesota: PG – Whalen, SG – Augustus, SF – Moore, PF – Brunson, C – Fowles