Practice Report | Lynx Back Home Following Road Trip

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx returned to practice Monday morning following a two-game road trip that included stops in New York and Dallas.

The Lynx improved their record to 3-0 on the season and extended their winning streak in the month of May to 20 straight games.

“I was glad we won, it’s obviously what you want going into it,” Lindsay Whalen said after practice. “We are going to take a look at some things, we have some stuff we can work on, so we’ll just continue to work on those things and try to get better as a group. Overall for a two-game road trip early in the year, it felt good to get both wins.”

The road trip including a 90-71 win over the Liberty and an 89-87 victory over the Wings, thanks to a go-ahead shot from Seimone Augustus in the final seconds.

“The New York game was a good game. We shared the ball, we made simple plays, we defended. That was our best game out of the three,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We aren’t happy with where we are. We are happy with talking about this, having won three games and sitting here with three wins. To get where we are trying to go and to be a great team, we are far from that. We need to close that gap in a hurry.”

Connecticut On Deck 

Next up for Minnesota is the Connecticut Sun, who the Lynx will face twice this week.

The first matchup will come at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in St. Paul, while the second game will be at 6 p.m. Friday in Connecticut.

“They are a real challenge to guard,” Reeve said. “This is a team that is first in second chance points. . . They just get you twisted. They do a great job in their pick-and-roll options. They know if you cover it a certain way, do this. It’s a part of their identity and we are going to be challenged.”

The Sun held a 2-1 season series advantage last year, beating the Lynx both times in Connecticut. Minnesota looks to change that this year.

“I know they beat us twice last year. They play really well, they play really quick. They beat us both times out there last year, so we have to come ready to go,” Whalen said. “We know they have a lot of really talented players. . . We’ll tip it up tomorrow and we’ll play hard.”

Minnesota and Connecticut square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and 106.1 BOB FM.