Hitting the Hardwood | Lynx Display Dominance in Preseason

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx wrapped up their preseason schedule on Monday night with a 74-59 win over the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center in the nation’s capital.

The win followed Minnesota’s 113-67 victory over the Atlanta Dream last Friday to conclude the 2017 preseason with an undefeated 2-0 record.

The undefeated finish to the preseason occurred for the fifth time in franchise history and it is the first time the Lynx have accomplished such a feat since 2014, when they finished 3-0.

But what probably stood out the most during the two-game span that previews the 2017 regular season was how the wins occurred.

The Lynx, coming off of a strong 2016 season, kicked off preseason play just about as good as they could have hoped. Minnesota dominated in the two games, outscoring its opponents by 30.5 points per game while averaging 93.5 points a contest.

Coming into preseason play, Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said the two games will likely serve as a time where the veterans can get back into a rhythm while also taking a look at the newcomers.

That was certainly the case. And the Lynx passed the tests with flying colors.

In the preseason games, Lynx starters averaged 34 points a game in 15-plus minutes on the court. The bench averaged 59.5 points per game the rest of the way for Minnesota.

Yes, it’s preseason play. But the way the Lynx won the two games, by their display of dominance and depth, gives a nice preview of what Minnesota is capable of.

Minnesota looks to carry its momentum into the regular season when it plays host to the Chicago Sky at 6 p.m. Sunday in the regular season opener at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

“They know that these are preseason games, and we have so much to still work on and to get better at,” Reeve said after Monday’s win. “It’s pretty easy to stay focused on the day-to-day tasks of what you have to do, because we have such a mature group that understands that if you get too far ahead of yourselves you get knocked down pretty quick. I think just staying steady, and understanding what wins games.”

Lynx Waive Three Players

The Lynx announced Tuesday morning that they have released three players from their training camp roster.

Forwards Chantel Osahor and Breanna Richardson and guard Moriah Mack were waived to bring the Lynx training camp roster to 12 players. The 2017 roster must be finalized by 4 p.m. on Friday.

The updated training camp roster is listed below:


No Player Pos Ht Birthdate College/Year Yrs
33 Seimone Augustus G 6-0 04/30/84 Louisiana State ’06 11
32 Rebekkah Brunson F 6-2 12/11/81 Georgetown ’04 13
14 Temi Fagbenle F 6-4 09/08/92 USC ‘17 R
34 Sylvia Fowles C 6-6 10/06/85 Louisiana ‘08 9
3 Natasha Howard F 6-2 09/02/91 Florida State ‘14 3
12 Alexis Jones G 5-8 05/08/94 Baylor ‘17 R
21 Renee Montgomery G 5-7 12/02/86 Connecticut ‘09 8
23 Maya Moore F 6-0 06/11/89 Connecticut ’11 6
7 Jia Perkins G 5-8 02/23/82 Texas Tech ‘04 13
22 Plenette Pierson F 6-2 08/31/81 Texas Tech ‘03 14
9 Shao Ting F 6-1 12/10/89 China R
13 Lindsay Whalen G 5-9 05/09/82 Minnesota ’04 13