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Lynx Extinguish Fever in Indiana

Minnesota wins the matinee, 87-65

Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

Sometimes a good offense can be a team’s best defense. This was true for the Lynx Wednesday as they picked up the road victory in Indiana. Only eight days ago the Fever handed the Lynx their worst loss of the season by pushing the pace and running on Minnesota. This time around the Lynx flipped the script on the 2-18 Fever by scoring efficiently, making Indiana play against Minnesota’s set defense.

In another departure from these team’s last meeting, both Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore were able to score at will. Fowles finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career high seven assists. It was only the third time in her career she’s at at least 20/10/5. Moore stuffed the stat sheet scoring 19, pulling down 9 rebounds dishing four dimes and picking up two steals.

Move The Ball

Minnesota’s offense was operating at a high level on Wednesday. That crispness missing from their loss in Chicago returned in this game. The ball moved from side to side as the Fever allowed the Lynx to get whatever they wanted on offense. There was a simple, yet effective nature to the way Minnesota played with the ball. One stat that paints the picture of just how well the Lynx shared the ball in this game: 29 assists on 33 FGs.

As mentioned above Fowles was outstanding in Indiana. Unlike their meeting last week, she was able to catch the ball in the paint and finish at the rim. A number of her teammates tossed her some incredible lob passes that she expertly converted into points. Fowles also notched a career high in assists with seven. She’s so good at understanding when to turn and look for her shot and when to kick the ball out to find an open team mate.

Supporting Roles

Both Rebekkah Brunson and Ceci Zandalasini missed Wednesday’s game due to injury. Minnesota’s bench stepped up and Cheryl Reeve did a nice job weaving her remaining active players together creating lineups that never let go of the rope in a game the Lynx lead the Fever wire to wire.

Danielle Robinson, Tanisha Wright and Temi Fagbenle combined for 25 points and nine assists off the bench. These three players hit timely shots and made plays while giving Minnesota starters a break. Robinson was especially good. In addition to her pesky brand of defense she was 6-7 from the field including hitting the first two three point shots of her seven year WNBA career. She’s been working on hitting that corner three when it is swung to her and on Wednesday, she finally connected.

The Lynx took care of business and returned the favor to the Fever after losing at Target Center last week. It is good to see the team win the games they are supposed to win, especially in strange 11am CT tip off situations. Winning on the road is never easy, but in this game Minnesota made it look simple.

Notes

Welcome to camp season! Camp days are early afternoon WNBA games that feature an arena full of local summer day camp children. They are loud, they a shrill but they are also really fun as thousands of kids get to experience WNBA action for the first time. Minnesota’s camp day is Wednesday 7/18.

30 year old WNBA rookie Endy Miyem started the first game of her career taking the place of the injured Brunson. Miyem had a tough game shooting the ball but played solid defense as a forward with long body who can guard out on the permitter.

59 points is the least amount of points the Lynx have given up this season. The result of this game bumped the team from #2 to #1 in league-wide defensive rating.

Next Up

Minnesota returns home to welcome the A’Ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces to Target Center for the first time ever. The Aces are a hot team right now and look better than their 9-12 record. Tip off is at 7 pm. You can watch on Fox Sports North Plus or listen at BOB 106FM.