Practice Report | Home Sweet Home

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

After playing their last three games in the last three weeks on the road, the Minnesota Lynx will play their next three games over a three week span in front of their home crowd in St. Paul.

Minnesota will open up a three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday when it hosts the Connecticut Sun at Xcel Energy Center.

“It’s not like we were on the road for the entire three weeks, but we were kind of in town and out of town,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said after practice Wednesday. “It is nice to know that we aren’t just going to be practicing and traveling this week, we get to stay. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen our fans. Hopefully they have some bottled up emotions that they are ready to let out on Saturday.”

The Lynx wrapped up a three-game road trip on Sunday when they beat the Dallas Wings in Arlington. Minnesota finished the road trip 3-0 to improve to a WNBA-best 9-0 record.

“Being on the road was tough, but we got through it and we won the games we were supposed to win on the road,” Rebekkah Brunson said. “We are really excited about being at home.”

After Saturday’s game against the Sun, the Lynx will host the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. June 23 and the San Antonio Stars at 6 p.m. June 25.

Fowles Continuing Strong Start

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has continued her strong start to the 2017 season, recording her third Western Conference Player of the Week award this week. Fowles has won the award three of the possible four times thus far.

“I think we are doing a great job of getting her the ball in terms of people are looking for her,” Reeve said. “There’s nobody that you can think of that goes in and asks for it constantly as much as Sylvia Fowles does. That’s what makes her so hard to play against.”

So far this season, Fowles is averaging 21.9 points (2nd in WNBA), 10.1 rebounds (2nd in WNBA), two steals (2nd in WNBA), 1.8 blocks (tied for 2nd in WNBA) and 1.6 assists a game.

“I just want to be focused on the team. As long as I can continue to do what I’ve been doing, then everything should work out for itself,” Fowles said. “I think I do a good job of keeping myself grounded. I’m surrounded by a good group in my coaches and my teammates. They help me along the journey.

“I just want to focus on the team and what the Minnesota Lynx are doing. If we continue to going at the rate that we are going, we should be all right.”