Hitting the Hardwood | Lynx Own Month Of May

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The month of May holds great meaning and importance for the Minnesota Lynx, especially for Lindsay Whalen.

Along with helping the Lynx start the 2017 season with an undefeated record in the opening month, it’s the 14-year veterans favorite month of the year.

“It’s my birthday month. It’s my birthday gift from the team that we come out and we get wins in May,” Whalen joked. “I feel like that has a lot to play in it.”

Whalen, who turned 35 on May 9, helped Minnesota to a perfect 6-0 record in the month of May. The Lynx extended their winning streak in May to an impressive 23 straight games, dating back to the 2012 season.

“In all seriousness, it’s training camp and it’s our coach, she puts us in that mind frame every year to come out and start it out right away,” Whalen said. “Play hard, treat the first game as it’s our most important game. We just kind of feed off of it from there. I think it’s training camp leading into that first two weeks. We had a lot of games in that stretch and every night we were able to come out and get the win.

“I give that credit to coach Reeve and her staff in preparing us the way that they do in training camp. It’s worked out well for us in May.”

It certainly did work out well for the Lynx in May.

During the six-game winning streak entering June, Minnesota is near the top of the WNBA in numerous categories.

The Lynx rank fourth in the league in points per game (81.8), second in points allowed per game (71.8), third in rebounding (36.8), first in assists (20) and second in steals (8.7).

Minnesota, which has won by an average of 10 points per game this season, has also held their opponents to under 80 points in five of the six victories this season.

The Lynx have owned the month of May for numerous seasons, and they have continued that trend this year.

Minnesota is rolling, there’s no doubt about that. Now, whose birthday is in June?

Fowles Playing At A High Level 

Sylvia Fowles has continued to play at a high level for the Lynx this season.

In six games so far, she is averaging 20 points (6th in the WNBA), 10.7 rebounds (2nd in WNBA), 2.3 blocks (2nd in WNBA), two steals (tied for 2nd in WNBA) and one assist per game this season. She is also shooting 61.1 percent from the field, which ranks second in the league.

“My teammates just put me in good positions to score,” Fowles said. “I think I’m more poised, I’ve slowed down. I have the tendency to rush things a lot, so I think I just try to slow down a little bit and read what (opposing teams) give me.

“Being patient, being consistent, and I just want the ball and not taking no for an answer. Everything has been in a good flow for me.”

Fowles and the Lynx are back in action against the Seattle Storm at 8 p.m. Saturday in Seattle. The game will be aired on WNBA League Pass and 106.1 BOB FM.