The Lynx lost a tough one on Saturday, falling to the Sparks 89-85. Minnesota was out of rhythm from the start and despite a few promising runs they were never able to string together enough consistent offense to take a meaningful lead.
Minnesota turned the ball over 21 times in the contest leading to 22 Sparks turnovers. Many of those as they were trying to get the ball inside or execute the pick and roll. The Lynx adjusted in the second half and played better on the offensive end but had a hard time containing the Sparks in transition. Chelsea Gray had 21 on 66.7-percent shooting and Riquana Williams had 25 off the bench.
The Lynx also made just 20 of their 26 attempted free-throws including a few late misses that would have brought them to within striking distance.
On the positive side, Lexie Brown was fantastic yet again, finishing with 21 points and going 5-of-8 from three-point land. Napheesa Collier also had another solid all-around game, finishing with 18 points and adding eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sylvia Fowles led the Lynx with 20 points and added 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
As a team, the Lynx outrebounded the Sparks 41-33 and collected 22 assists to L.A.’s 18. The Lynx clearly have a lot of potential, but they need to tighten things up in order to win games like this. There were far too many possessions that ended late in the shot clock, too many missed layups and too many telegraphed and deflected passes.
When the talent level on the floor is so high, games are won and lost with execution. The Lynx had a good game plan tonight but were out-executed by a focused and energized Sparks squad. Nothing to do but look forward to the next game.
Another Record For Syl
Sylvia Fowles tonight became the fifth player in WNBA history and the only active player to record 5,000 total career points and 3,000 rebounds.
- Rookie Jessica Shepard went down with a right injury and did not return to the game. She will have an MRI on Sunday. We’ll keep you posted with information as it becomes available.
- This is the second night in a row Brown has set a career high.
- The three-point shooting took a step back tonight as only three players hit a three and only Brown hit more than one.
- It was a rough game for Odyssey Sims in her first game against her former team. She finished with 11 points and shot just over 20-percent from the field.
The Lynx’s next game is in New York on Wednesday. After playing more games than any other team so far this season they’ll have a chance to get some valuable practice time before they go on the road. It’s a short road trip, too, with Minnesota returning to face the Sun next Friday.