The Lynx are starting to build up a little momentum after a big road win over the Sun on Saturday. They have now won four of their last five games and hold the third-best net rating in the WNBA. They are starting to put together consistent performances on both ends of the floor.
That doesn’t mean it is time to relax on Wednesday. The Sky are vastly improved from last year and one of the teams fighting with the Lynx for playoff position. A win would give Minnesota a bit of a cushion over Chicago going forward, a loss would give them an identical record.
The Lynx beat the Sky in their first game of the regular season behind a memorable 27-point debut from Napheesa Collier. You can be sure that Collier will be circled on Chicago’s scouting reports on Wednesday.
On defense, the Lynx will have to stop the dominant duo of Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley. Quigley, the WNBA’s most lethal shooter, is hitting a mind-blowing 48.6 percent of her attempts from deep. The best plan is to not let her take them at all—it will be up to Odyssey Sims and Danielle Robinson to successfully navigate screens so that Quigley gets minimal clean looks at the basket.
What: Lynx at Sky
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Wintrust Arena
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Listen: BOB FM 106.1
After Monday’s practice, Collier said that the Lynx have checklists going into every game, and if they accomplish the tasks on those checklists, they win. First on that list is rebounding. In their first matchup the Lynx crushed the Sky on the boards 46-29. However, the Sky have since emerged as one of the better rebounding teams in the league while the Lynx have struggled more than expected in that area. Reclaiming dominance in on the boards will go a long way towards helping the Lynx disrupt the Sky’s game plan.
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Diamond DeShields had a bit of an overlooked rookie season due to the dominance of A’Ja Wilson, but she has continued to be an excellent option for the Sky this season. While she has not been as efficient as she was her rookie season, probably due to there being more scouting intel on her, she has still been producing at a high level for Chicago. She has also been rebounding the ball better. It will be interesting to see what the Lynx throw at her defensively. Collier is probably her best matchup but Minnesota needs Collier to play the four spot and guard the 6’4 Jantel Lavender. Pay attention to the wing and forward spots on Wednesday, Cheryl Reeve surely has a few tricks up her sleeve.
Lynx: Seimone Augustus (knee), Karima Christmas-Kelly (knee), Damiris Dantas (calf) and Jessica Shepard (ACL) are out.
Sky: Katie Lou Samuelson (hand), Jamierra Faulkner (knee) and Astou Ndour (personal) are out.
Lynx: PG—Robinson, SG—Sims, SF—Talbot, PF—Collier, C—Fowles
Sky: PG—Vandersloot, SG—Quigley, SF—DeShields, PF—Lavender, C—Dolson