Shootaround Access | Lynx vs. Storm

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx are back at it Sunday night when they host the Seattle Storm at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

One thing to watch for in the game is Minnesota’s second unit. The bench has played a key role in numerous wins so far this year.

“When you go out there, do what you do best,” Lynx rookie guard Alexis Jones said at shootaround Sunday morning. “We know that when we go out there, we need to keep the momentum, make it better or maintain that momentum. We’re just trying to make sure we are doing our jobs and work hard.”

The Lynx bench is averaging 20.5 points per game this season, which is tied for sixth in the WNBA. Renee Montgomery leads all bench players with 7.1 points per game.

“It’s important to bring energy off the bench to let other teams know we are ready to play,” Jones said.

Jones seems to be getting more comfortable as her rookie season progresses. An example of this was in Friday’s win, where Jones played four solid minutes off the bench. She had two points, two rebounds and two assists in her time on the floor, providing Minnesota with yet another weapon.

“I’m just learning,” Jones said. “When you’re a rookie, you have to learn a lot and most of the time in this league a lot of rookies are learning and trying to get better each and every day. . . I’m just trying to be ready when my name is called.”

Jones and the Lynx take on the Storm at 6 p.m. tonight in St. Paul. You can catch the game on Fox Sports North, NBATV and with John Focke on 106.1 BOB FM.