Notes from Thursday’s Second Round win over the Phoenix Mercury:
- The Lynx were led by Damiris Dantas who tallied a new playoff career high with 22 points, shooting 9-of-17 from the field, including connecting on a playoff career-high four three-pointers. This marks her second-straight 20+ point playoff game.
- Dantas’ 22 points are the most in a postseason game by a player from Brazil since Iziane Castro Marques scored 23 in Atlanta’s series-clinching win over Indiana in Game 3 of the 2011 EC Finals (Sept. 27).
- Crystal Dangerfield finished with 17 points and three rebounds on the night. Of her 17 points, 15 of them came in the second half. She joins Nicole Ohlde (2004), Maya Moore (2011) and Napheesa Collier (2019) as the only Lynx rookies to score at least 17 points in a playoff game.
- In a team-high 37:20 minutes, Napheesa Collier tallied seven points, nine rebounds and six assists, becoming the first player to have such a stat line in a Lynx playoff game.
- Odyssey Sims recorded 14 points, four assists and four steals. Her four steals make her the eighth Lynx player to have at least four steals in a playoff game and the first since Sylvia Fowles had four against the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2017 WNBA Finals (9/26/17).
- Rachel Banham tallied 11 points in 15:33 minutes off of the bench, shooting 5-of-7 from the field.
- In her first game back from a calf injury, Sylvia Fowles notched six points and grabbed four rebounds.
Minnesota Team Notes
- Trailing by as many as 12, tonight marks the 10th time the Lynx have come back by double-digits in a playoff game. Their largest deficit in a playoff game was coming back from 21 down to beat Los Angeles in their very first postseason game (Aug. 28, 2003).
- Those 12 points accounted for the largest deficit the Lynx erased to win a playoff game since coming back from 13 down to beat the Mercury, 82-77, in Game 2 of the 2014 WC Semifinals (Aug. 31).
- Minnesota outscored the Mercury 40-24 in points in the paint.