Shootaround Access | Lynx vs. Sparks

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The top two teams in the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks, will face off on Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Lynx enter as the best team in the WNBA with an impressive record of 21-3 overall. The Sparks hold an 18-7 record, trailing the Lynx by 3.5 games in the league standings.

The game will feature four of the league’s top players and four of it’s MVP candidates in Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore and Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker.

“We are going to try and make (Ogwumike and Parker’s) night difficult,” Seimone Augustus said following shootaround Friday morning. “Obviously, they are great players and they are going to get shots and touches, but if we can limit those touches it will make our lives a lot easier as far as having to defend them.”

The game Friday night will also contain something special for the fans. The Lynx will give fans a sneak peek to their new logo during a halftime performance. Artist Dan Dunn will be painting the new logo at half court during halftime.

“It’s different than what we have now and I think it will grow on people as time goes on,” Augustus said. “I think we got used to the logo and being known by this logo, but as the years go on people will become fond of the new logo and image that we have.”

Friday’s game will be the second of three games between Minnesota and Los Angeles this season. The Lynx hold a 1-0 series advantage, looking to go to 2-0 and win the regular season series.

“It’s a three-game series and this is a tie-breaker to try and win the series against the Sparks (in the regular season) and it’s one step closer for us to clinch first place,” Augustus said. “There is a lot of stuff that weighs in on this game, but this is the big game because it’s the next game.”

The Lynx and Sparks will square off at 7 p.m. Friday night in St. Paul. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North Plus, NBATV and 106.1 BOB FM.