Three Observations From Friday’s Lynx Win Over Mystics

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx improved to a perfect 8-0 overall with their 98-73 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday.

Here are our three observations from the game:

Whalen Hits Milestone

With the win, Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen recorded her 295th career win, becoming the winningest player in WNBA history. The previous leader was Swin Cash with 294 career victories.

Whalen finished with two points, six assists and two rebounds in 18-plus minutes in Friday night’s win in the nation’s capital.

Since Whalen arrived in Minnesota in 2010, she has led the Lynx to 174 victories in 237 regular games. That’s a win percentage of 73.4 percent.

Getting Off To A Hot Start

The Lynx got off to a quick start to the game, gaining a big lead early and not looking back.

Minnesota scored 33 points in the first quarter and 25 in the second quarter to hold a 58-39 lead at halftime. The Lynx went on to outscore the Mystics 40-34 in the second half to secure the win.

The Lynx shot 52.6 percent from the field and made 11 threes in the game. Minnesota held Washington to 41.3 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from from three.

The Lynx finished the game with 30 assists on 40 field goals, while committing eight errors.

Post Players Coming Up Big For Minnesota

The post presence of Rebekkah Brunson and Sylvia Fowles was just too much for the Mystics to handle on Friday night.

The duo combined to score 38 of Minnesota’s 98 points. Fowles led the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Brunson finished with 17 points (all of which were scored in the first half) and six rebounds.

Outside of Brunson and Fowles, the Lynx had a fairly balanced scoring performance. Maya Moore had 17 points and six assists, Seimone Augustus had 14 points and three assists, Renee Montgomery had 13 points and five assists and Plenette Pierson had seven points off the bench.

The Lynx return to action on Sunday when they wrap up their two-game road trip against the Dallas Wings at 3:30 p.m. in Arlington. The game will aired on Fox Sports North Plus and 106.1 BOB FM.