Hitting the Hardwood | Lynx Having Impressive First Half

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

If you look at the past six WNBA seasons, the Minnesota Lynx have put together some pretty impressive years.

Years that include winning 22 or more games in every season, reaching the WNBA Finals in five seasons and winning three WNBA championships.

You think that would be hard to top, right?

Well, in 2017, the Lynx are on pace to put together their best season yet.

Entering the final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota holds a record of 15-2 overall.

Not only is that a WNBA-leading record, but that is the best start in Lynx franchise history.

“I’m just glad that we have been able to win through some of the mistakes and the growing pains that every team, every year goes through,” Maya Moore said. “This year, we are working through our ups and downs, as every team is. To be able to do that while winning is encouraging for us. To know that we have what it takes to win every game that we play if we come with the highest amount of focus and energy.”

In Sunday’s win over the Mercury at Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota reached the midway point in the 2017 regular season. Its record of 15-2 overall is the best record ever for the Lynx through the first 17 games. They started 14-3 in both 2013 and 2016.

The 15-2 record also equals the third-best start in WNBA history. The 2016 Los Angeles Sparks and the 1998 Houston Comets both opened the season 16-1 overall.

Along with having the best record in the league, the Lynx are right there at the top of the WNBA in numerous statistical categories.

Offensively, Minnesota ranks first in points per game (86.9), first in assists (20.4), second in three-point percentage (37.2 percent) and third in field goal percentage (46.9 percent).

Defensively, the Lynx rank first points allowed per game (76.7), first in rebounds allowed (30.3), second in opponent turnovers (15.9) and third in steals a game (8.1).

Overall, the Lynx have jumped out to yet another strong start during regular season play. Their best start ever through the first half.

But, if you look back at the last six seasons Minnesota has put together, this is just business as usual for the Lynx.

One More Game Before All-Star Break

The Lynx have one more game remaining before beginning the mid-season All-Star break.

Minnesota will host the Dallas Wings at noon on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in the final game of the WNBA’s first-half of the regular season.

The Lynx will then take a five-day break, spanning from Thursday to Monday, before returning to action on July 25 against the New York Liberty in St. Paul.

Be sure to tune into the day game on Wednesday and then cheer on your Lynx in the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle. The 14th All-Star Game will be broadcasted nationally on ABC.