Three Observations From Friday’s Lynx Win Over Mercury

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx improved to a WNBA-best 14-2 overall with an 88-71 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night in Phoenix.

Here are our three observations from Friday’s victory:

Round Two Goes To Minnesota 

In just over a two-week span that started on July 30 and will end on Sunday, the Lynx and and Mercury will have already played three times this season.

On July 30, the Lynx beat the Mercury in Phoenix in their first meeting this season.

On Friday night, round two went to Minnesota.

The Lynx and Mercury will square off for the third time on Sunday when Phoenix comes to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Season-High For Augustus 

Seimone Augustus tallied a season-high 19 points in the game to lead the way for the Lynx.

Augustus shot 9-of-15 from the field and went 1-for-3 from three in the game.

Along with Augustus, Maya Moore had 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Plenette Pierson had 10 points and four assists off the bench, Lindsay Whalen had eight points, four rebounds and three assists and Rebekkah Brunson had eight points and six rebounds.

Lynx Solid On Both Ends 

Minnesota was solid on both the offensive and defensive ends against Phoenix in the win.

The Lynx shot 52.3 percent from the field in the game and shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc.

Minnesota ranks third in the WNBA in field goal percentage (47.2 percent) and rank second in three-point percentage (38 percent).

The Lynx were solid on defense once again, holding the Mercury to shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three.

Minnesota has allowed opponents to shoot 43.7 percent from the field this season, which ranks sixth in the WNBA. Minnesota opponents are shooting 32.9 percent from three, which is the fifth-lowest percentage in the league.

The Lynx host the Mercury are back at it at 6 p.m. Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North, NBATV and 106.1 BOB FM.