Scouting Report | Minnesota vs New York

7:00 p.m., Target Center

Where To Watch: League Pass, MSG

Where To Listen: 106.1 BOB FM

The Lynx will take on the 16-6 Liberty for the third time this season on Friday night and Minnesota will be looking to avenge their tough overtime loss against NY just over two weeks ago.

Both squads have been playing solid basketball in the month of July, each only losing one game so far

Minnesota (17-4) and New York rank second and third in the league respectively in the standings, and Friday evening’s matchup will act as the season tiebreaker between these two teams.

Before tuning in to Friday night’s showdown, keep these fun facts in mind about the game:

– Minnesota ranks second in the WNBA in both assists per game (20.5) and points allowed (75.8).

– New York ranks third in the WNBA in both assists per game (18.8) and points allowed (79.2).

– While both teams being virtually identical in every major statistical category, Minnesota has the edge on scoring diversity and efficiency within their top scorers. The Lynx have four players who averaged double-digit points per game, while the Liberty only have two, Tina Charles and Sugar Rodgers. Comparing the top four scorers from each squad, Minnesota is much more efficient shooting the basketball with every one of the four shooting 42 percent or better from the field; New York meanwhile only has one out of their four main scorers shooting better than 42 percent.

– In their last matchup on June 29th, which resulted in an overtime loss for the Lynx, a Charles-less Liberty was led by Rodgers who lit up the Target Center for 30 points, including seven 3-pointers. Minnesota will need to do a better job on the perimeter, which they have done as of late, in order to pull out the W on Friday night.