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Lynx Defeat Tulsa and Play Silver Stars on Friday

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Last night in Tulsa, the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Shock 78-72 and pushed the Shock's losing streak to 19 games. Taj McWilliams-Franklin led the Lynx with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The win puts Minnesota 5 1/2 games ahead of Phoenix for the #1 seed in the Western Conference and 2 games ahead of Indiana for the best overall record.

This weekend, the Lynx have a home-and-away set with the San Antonio Silver Stars. Minnesota has won both of their previous meetings this season, but only by a combined 3 points. Friday, the teams play at Target Center and the first 2,500 fans will receive a free Maya Moore bobblehead doll. Tip off is at 7 P.M.

UPDATE: As an added bonus, prior to tip-off Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore will get their 2010 FIBA World Championship rings at center court. Here's the background from the team's presser:

INFO: USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan will present Lynx players and USA Women’s National Team members Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore with their 2010 FIBA World Championship rings prior to Friday’s game vs. the San Antonio Silver Stars.

 

Whalen and Moore were part of the 12-player US Women’s National Team roster that captured the Gold Medal last October in the Czech Republic. In nine games, Whalen averaged 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, while Moore posted averages of 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

 

Whalen and Moore are joined by Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Candice Wiggins on the current 26-player USA Basketball Women's National Team roster. The 2012 US Women’s Olympic team will be chosen from this pool of players.