Three Observations From Friday’s Lynx Win Over Stars

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx took down the San Antonio Stars 89-70 on Friday night in San Antonio to improve to a WNBA-leading 24-6 overall.

Here are our three observations from the victory:

Clinched Homecourt In Semifinals

With the win, the Lynx clinched homecourt advantage in the semifinal round of the WNBA Playoffs.

It is the second straight season that Minnesota has been able to have homecourt in the semifinals

Minnesota can clinch the No. 1 overall seed in postseason play with a win over Los Angeles on Sunday night in LA.

All-Around Effort From Lynx

Friday night’s win was an all-around team effort from the Lynx, with the bulk of the scoring being spread out relatively evenly throughout the team.

Maya Moore led Minnesota with 24 points and four assists, Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Plenette Pierson had 10 points and five rebounds, Renee Montgomery had nine points and eight assists, Seimone Augustus had eight points and four assists.

Coming off of a 45-point outburst in Tuesday’s win over Phoenix, the Minnesota bench stepped up once again. Three players combined to total 27 points to help boost the Lynx. Natasha Howard had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists, Jia Perkins had 10 points and four rebounds and Temi Fagbenle added six points off the bench.

Season Sweep Of Stars

Along with clinching homecourt advantage in the semifinal round of the playoffs, the Lynx also completed the 3-0 season series sweep of the Stars this season.

San Antonio is the fourth team Minnesota has swept in the season series this season. The Lynx have completed sweeps of the Atlanta Dream, Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury.

Minnesota also holds a 2-0 advantage over the Washington Mystics, who the Lynx will face in the regular season finale on Sept. 3 in St. Paul.

The Lynx are back in action on Sunday when they take on the Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. in Los Angeles. The game will be aired on ESPN2, 106.1 BOB FM and TuneIn Radio.