Hitting the Hardwood | Depth Helping Lynx During Absence

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

On Sunday night, the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm without one member of their starting five, a starting five that had remained the same for the 20 games prior.

The team announced before the game at Xcel Energy Center that Seimone Augustus would miss Sunday’s game due to personal reasons.

For most teams, that might have altered their chances of coming out with a win.

But for the Lynx, their depth allowed them to continue to thrive in the absence of one of their starters.

In the win over the Storm, Jia Perkins stepped into Augustus’ starting role, finishing with a nice all-around game of five points, seven assists and six rebounds.

“We just have to have that next women up mentality. One of our sisters are down, so everyone has to step up and bring a little bit more,” Perkins said after Sunday’s win. “We just try to do what we can to fill that void. It’s a tough void to fill, but we tried to. Everyone has to give a little bit.”

Everyone definitely did give a little bit. Along with Perkins, Minnesota had strong contributions from its bench and even had three of its starters (Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Rebekkah Brunson) score over 20 points in the same game for the first time in nearly four years.

Plenette Pierson said before the season that she thinks the Lynx have “two starting fives,” with many players coming off the bench capable of stepping into the stating lineup if needed.

Sunday was another example of that depth the Lynx have.

And, although Minnesota hasn’t had to worry about being without players often this season, its depth certainly helps in the event that something does happen.

Dream Additions Could Impact Lynx Game Thursday

The Atlanta Dream announced on Monday prior to the WNBA trade deadline that they had acquired center Imani Boyette, forward Tamera Young and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Chicago Sky, sending forward Jordan Hooper and its 2018 first-round draft pick to Chicago.

The move could impact Thursday’s game in St. Paul, when the Dream come to St. Paul to take on the Lynx at Xcel Energy Center.

Boyette is averaging 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game this season, while Young is averaging 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game in 2017.

The Lynx and Dream square off at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul. The game will be aired on ESPN 2 and 106.1 BOB FM.