Preview: Lynx Look To Stay Hot Versus Liberty

Riding back-to-back wins, the Minnesota Lynx (3-1) look to stay hot as they take on the New York Liberty (0-4) for their first matchup of the season on Wednesday night.

Minnesota enters this game following a 78-69 win against the Connecticut Sun, led by the efforts of Sylvia Fowles, Napheesa Collier, and rookie Crystal Dangerfield. Fowles is off to a dominant start in 2020, averaging 15.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game on 62.2% shooting over the first four games.

After a tough 96-67 loss against the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday, the Liberty is still searching for their first win of 2020. New York will be playing without star rookie Sabrina Ionescu for the second straight game, after she suffered an ankle injury on July 31 versus the Atlanta Dream. Layshia Clarendon currently leads the Liberty in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game.

Wednesday’s matchup serves as a reunion for the coaching staffs of both teams. Lynx Assistant Coach Katie Smith is set to take on her old team for the first time after coaching the Liberty the past two seasons. New York Head Coach Walt Hopkins and Assistant Coach Shelley Patterson meet head-to-head with the Lynx for the first time after serving on Cheryl Reeve’s staff in Minnesota.

 

TV Information: 6:00pm CT, Fox Sports North Plus / CBS

 

Injury Report:

Lexie Brown (concussion protocol) is QUESTIONABLE, and Shenise Johnson (hamstring) is OUT.

 

 

Probable Starters:

Minnesota

F- Napheesa Collier

F- Damiris Dantas

G- Lexie Brown

G- Crystal Dangerfield

C- Sylvia Fowles

 

New York

F- Jocelyn Willoughby

F- Kiah Stokes

G- Kia Nurse

G- Layshia Clarendon

C- Amanda Zahui B