Three Observations From Tuesday’s Lynx Win Over Sun

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate

The Minnesota Lynx improved to 4-0 on the season with an 80-78 comeback victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

With the win, Minnesota improved its winning streak in the month of May to 21 straight games. The Lynx have two more games left this month to try and extend that to 23 straight games.

Here are our three observations from Tuesday’s Lynx victory:

Fowles Continues Hot Streak

Sylvia Fowles continued to build onto her hot start to the 2017 season in the game, finishing with a well-rounded performance for Minnesota.

Fowles led the way with 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and three steals in a game where she did a little bit of everything for the Lynx.

So far this season, Fowles has recorded three 20-plus point games and has recorded three double-doubles in four games.

Through four games, Fowles is averaging 21.5 points (5th in the WNBA), 10.8 rebounds (3rd in the WNBA), 2.8 blocks (2nd in the WNBA), 2.3 steals (tied for 4th in the league) and 1.3 assists a game.

Defensive Effort For Lynx

The Lynx played well defensively in the game Tuesday night, holding Connecticut to under 80 points. It is the third time in four games Minnesota has held its opponent to 80 points or fewer this season.

The Lynx held the Sun to 40 percent shooting from the field in the game and limited Connecticut to just six free throws. Minnesota also had 10 steals, seven blocks and forced the Sun into 13 turnovers.

In four games this season, Minnesota’s opponents are averaging 74.3 points per game, which is the fourth lowest average in the WNBA. The Lynx have also forced their opponents to commit 16.8 turnovers a game, which is the fourth best in the league.

Battle Of The Bigs

The bulk of the scoring for both teams in Tuesday night’s game came from the post players.

Along with Fowles’ performance, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson tallied seven points and seven rebounds for Minnesota.

For Connecticut, center Jonquel Jones had 16 points and six rebounds and forward Morgan Tuck added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

Look for more of the same from these two teams on Friday night when they once again face off against each other, this time in Connecticut. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena and the game will be broadcasted on 106.1 BOB FM.