The Lynx’s 2019 season came to an end on Wednesday night with a loss to the Seattle Storm.
Minnesota got close to taking the lead a few times, but Seattle’s defense controlled the game and the Storm earned the 84-74 victory.
Though the loss is obviously extremely disappointing, Napheesa Collier and Damiris Dantas were both excellent. It is clear that they both factor prominently into the Lynx’s plans going forward. In the most high-pressure situation either has faced in their WNBA career, both turned in great performances.
Collier finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. She shot an insane 72.7 percent from the floor and showed flashes of real go-to scoring ability when the Lynx needed a boost. Dantas added 20 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals. Both players took over during times when it seemed like Minnesota didn’t have any fight left in them and brought the team back. Unfortunately, their teammates were not able to pick up the slack.
Sylvia Fowles fought hard and ended up playing well for the Lynx, but the Storm did enough to give her trouble in the paint and stop her from taking over the game. Lexie Brown also did her best in extended minutes while the Lynx’s starting backcourt struggled but didn’t shoot the ball particularly well.
This is certainly a disappointing end to what has been a surprising and enjoyable season for the Lynx. We’ll have more in the coming days recapping everything and taking a look towards the future.