To anyone who watched the Lynx’s game against the Fever on Wednesday afternoon, it won’t come as a surprise that the Lynx want to keep Erlana Larkins around a little longer. Minnesota signed her to a second seven-day contract on Thursday.
Larkins has played in two games for the Lynx since she signed last week, and set a career high in assists against the Fever. She showed off a real feel for the Lynx’s offense, and her hard screens went a long way in helping to free up her teammates.
On defense, Larkins doesn’t give up an inch. She takes things very personally and hustles on every single possession. Coach Cheryl Reeve talked about her attitude after the game on Wednesday.
“What I have noticed about Erlana from the time she stepped on the court with our team is she only knows one way,” said Reeve. “Our team played against her, and I just remember how difficult she was to play against, but you don’t know exactly what that means until you’re in the trenches with a player, and so to see what makes her hard to play against—her motor is really high, her will is really really high.”
While it might be too early to start talking about playoffs, if the Lynx decide Larkins has a role to play for them in the postseason, she won’t shrink from it. Larkins has appeared in 37 postseason games and started in 29. She was a starter during the Fever’s 2012 title run, and holds averages of 8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in her postseason career.