Odyssey Sims and the Lynx came up big when it mattered most and earned an important 73-72 victory on the road over Chicago on Wednesday night. The Lynx move to 9-6 on the season and are tied with the Connecticut Sun for the third-best record in the league. Minnesota has won three games in a row.
The Lynx started off this game with a dominant performance on the defensive end, holding the Sky to just 12 first-quarter points. Unfortunately, Minnesota was unable to capitalize on that advantage as their offense was also slow to start and they scored just 18 in the first quarter.
The defense fell apart a bit in the second and third quarters. The third quarter was particularly bad with the Lynx being outscored 23-16. In the fourth they clamped down again, but the Sky responded in kind. Allie Quigley also caught fire in the second half and for a while it seemed like the Lynx were simply not going to be able to keep up.
But the Lynx refused to let the win slip away.
After Quigley hit a three-pointer with 2:14 left in the game, the Lynx did not allow the Sky to score another bucket. While Chicago played the Lynx tough, Napheesa Collier came up with a huge put-back score and Sims put the Lynx on top for good with a difficult jumper off a dribble drive with 6.1 seconds left in the game.
With a chance to win the game, the Sky were clearly looking for Quigley. She hit a three-pointer with under three seconds left, but it was waved off as Sims smartly fouled her before the shot (the Lynx had a foul to give). A second attempt at the buzzer over the outstretched arms of Sylvia Fowles rimmed off and the Lynx walked away winners.
Wednesday night’s performance was a stark difference from earlier in the season when the Lynx had a disappointing tendency to fade late in games. Now, with a newfound swagger and confidence, the team has won five of their last six games including three on the road. They have just one more game on this road trip (Friday night in Atlanta) before they get to come home for a week.
Let the good times roll!
Asia Taylor Announces Her Arrival
Behind every huge victory is a brilliant performance from someone unexpected. On Wednesday, that was Asia Taylor. Signed last week to help the Lynx survive a brutal stretch of injuries, she has adjusted very quickly to her new surroundings. She scored 13 points and added two rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
Taylor is undersized for a forward, but she plays with a relentless energy and hustle that fits alongside Minnesota very well. Taylor brought the Lynx energy up and had a few nice buckets at critical junctures in this game. She has been nothing but professional every single moment she has been with the team and it was great to see that pay off.
- Lost in Sims’ heroics was yet another solid game from Danielle Robinson. She didn’t shoot particularly well, but still finished with 10 points and also added 10 rebounds! She was relentless on the glass—something head coach Cheryl Reeve has been adamant her guards do. Robinson will get a lot of brownie points for this one.
- The Lynx survived a rough night from beyond the arc. They hit just three three-pointers as a team. Lexie Brown continued to struggle shooting-wise, but her body language was good and she was the first off the bench to celebrate the win. Things like that matter and with her teammates behind her she will find her stroke again.