Shootaround Access | Lynx vs. Mystics

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx return to action on their home court in St. Paul on Friday night when they host the Washington Mystics at Xcel Energy Center.

The game comes between two standout teams in the WNBA. The Lynx enter in first place in the league at 9-1 overall, while the Mystics are tied for third at 7-4.

“I expect a good game. Both teams prep for each other and we are two teams that play well with their teammates. A lot of assists, a lot of great offensive weapons,” Maya Moore said after shootaround Friday. “It will be a fun, tough matchup and I think it’s going to bring out the best in us to know we have our hands full.”

Minnesota is coming off of its first loss of the season last Saturday, falling to the Connecticut Sun in St. Paul. Washington enters the game having gone 1-2 in its last three games.

“There’s always a natural sense of bounce back when you lose as a competitor, but fortunately with this group, I think we are mature enough to always have that sense of urgency. It’s just about executing it and finding out ways to stop their runs,” Moore said. “We have a great gameplan and I think we have a clear understanding of what we are trying to do. We just have to go out and execute it.”

Friday’s game is the first of two home games this weekend for the Lynx, who host the Mystics on Friday and the San Antonio Stars on Sunday.

“We’ve been having kind of a scattered schedule, so it’s nice to have a couple here. Most importantly tonight, we have a big game here against Washington,” Lindsay Whalen said. “It will be nice to start off the weekend coming in here focused and playing well. That’s our main focus right now and we’ll come back here at seven and tip it up.”

Minnesota and Washington will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night in St. Paul. The game will be aired on ESPN2 and 106.1 BOB FM.