As they have throughout the Olympics, Team USA and members of the Minnesota Lynx were phenomenal in Saturday’s 101-72 win over Spain on Saturday.
The difference between this game and the rest of the games throughout the Olympics in Rio, as that it was for the Gold Medal, so kind of a big deal.
Among Lynx players, Lindsay Whalen led the way. In 20 minutes, Whalen led the way with 17 points and six assists. She shot 8-for-13 from the field. Maya Moore added 14 points and matched Whalen’s six assists. She shot 6-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. Seimone Augustus finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sylvia Fowles played 14 minutes off the bench and finished with three points and six rebounds.
A player the Lynx are rather familiar with, Anna Cruz, finished with nine points, four assists and four rebounds for Spain. Cruz, of course, was part of the team’s 2015 championship team.
Throughout the Olympics, Augustus averaged 6.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Whalen averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Moore averaged 12 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Fowles averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
It’s the second Gold Medal for Whalen and Moore, and the third for Fowles and Augustus. It was also the first for assistant coach Cheryl Reeve.
The Lynx will arrive back in Minneapolis on Monday and they will get to work right away as they play in Connecticut against the Sun on Friday.