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Muffet McGraw's burning desire is to get more women like the Gophers' Lindsay Whalen into college coaching.
The Wolves have lost four in a row at Target Center, even though the Grizzlies had lost six consecutive games and were missing their leading scorer.
In 11 November games, Andrew Wiggins averaged 27.1 points, made 48.3% of his shots and 39.5% of his three-pointers.
The G League product has sparked the Wolves off the bench lately.
The Timberwolves have been strong away from home but have lost their past four games at Target Center.
Stillwater freshman Sara Scalia led the way with a career-high 20 points as Minnesota won its fifth game in a row.
Down 12 midway through the third quarter, the Gophers finished the game with a 36-13 run over the final 16 minutes.
Gadiva Hubbard is making an impact after being sidelined nearly 20 months by a foot injury.
Andrew Wiggins was back after a three-game absence. But Utah countered a second-half Wolves run with one of its own for the victory.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders is 0-4 in challenges this year. "I'm not concerned with a challenge record with things as long as it's strategic with our group," he said.
The new Wolves boss was scouting in Europe.
Coach Lindsay Whalen was determined to beef up her team's nonconference schedule, and the Gophers knocked off a Sun Devils team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last season.
Again playing without Andrew Wiggins, the Wolves could not muster up a response to Houston's challenge.
The two players teamed up for a state title in high school in Detroit.
The Gophers women's basketball team learned a couple things in its 77-61 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.
The Wolves shot only 35.1 percent overall and went 6-for-45 on three-point shots — with those 39 misses being the third most ever in an NBA game.
A lineup that included Treveon Graham, Josh Okogie and Robert Covington — along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins — spent the fourth quarter playing some of the best defense fans at Target Center have seen in a while.
Sara Scalia, coach Lindsay Whalen's first recruit, was impressive in the season opener. Now, she looks for more.
Missouri State, an NCAA Sweet 16 team last season, outrebounded Minnesota 41-21 and held the Gophers to 40 percent shooting from the field.
The view from outside the program is lofty, too, given that the Gophers are ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.
First, the game was delayed by about an hour because of a crooked rim. Then, Milwaukee showed the Wolves why many consider the Bucks to be the best team in the Eastern Conference.
He's taking fewer midrange jumpers so far this season, and he's getting to the basket more.
To Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, being ranked is more motivation to follow up on a strong finish to her first season running the team.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid have gone toe-to-toe on the court and off, but the Wolves center prefers to see Wednesday's game as a battle between two teams trying to stay undefeated.
Josh Okogie was a rather monstrous plus-50 in the Wolves' first two games; Shabazz Napier was a plus-35.
The Wolves enter the season with a remade roster and with Ryan Saunders about to experience his first opening day as a head coach.
That the Timberwolves open the regular season Wednesday in Brooklyn is only fitting, considering the Nets influence that is here on the court and off.
Naz Reid, the rookie out of LSU, shows the same strengths as Karl-Anthony Towns. But Ryan Saunders offers some cautions about what to expect.
The deal will keep Cheryl Reeve with the Lynx through 2022.
Wolves forward Robert Covington admitted the process of getting his rhythm back has been difficult, as has been the process of becoming fully confident that his knee is fully healthy.
Returning after an injury, Gadiva Hubbard caught coach Lindsay Whalen's eye during Sunday's session.
When the preseason opens Tuesday at Phoenix, it appears a number of the Wolves' top players will play significant minutes.
Robert Covington supplied a compelling flash of honesty at Wolves media day into just how difficult last season was, including the mental-health struggles that came with the knee injury that kept him from playing.
Cheryl Reeve rebuilt the roster, after losing much of the starting lineup that had won four of the past seven league titles, and took the team to the playoffs again.
Over the course of 34 games, rookie Napheesa Collier played more minutes than anyone in the WNBA, flipping seamlessly for the Lynx between the two forward positions.
Napheesa Collier, taken sixth overall in the draft out of Connecticut, got 29 votes from the panel of 43 sportswriters and sportscasters. Dallas guard Arike Ogunbowale received the other 14 votes.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said she doesn't know whether star Maya Moore will return next season, "I know you'd like it to be cut-and-dried, black-and-white, but I'm pretty sure it's not."
Veteran center Sylvia Fowles is the most experienced player who can expect to get major minutes Wednesday. She helped the Lynx win two WNBA titles, winning regular season and league finals MVP in 2017.
Lynx guard Odyssey Sims has led her new team in scoring 15 times this season.
The Lynx now control their fate for a first-round playoff game at Target Center, which they can wrap up by beating Phoenix tonight and Los Angeles on Sunday.
Team's resolve in the fourth quarter is enough to top Indiana.
Finish in fifth or sixth and the Lynx will open the playoffs with a single-elimination home game. Drop to seventh or eighth and it means going on the road.
As 22-year-old Napheesa Collier excels, she finds herself in line for a Lynx veteran's torch-passing. "I'm grooming her to take over the team," 14-year veteran Seimone Augustus said.
Sylvia Fowles finished with a season-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Lynx beat Chicago and clinch a ninth consecutive trip to the WNBA playoffs.
Guard Danielle Robinson and coach Cheryl Reeve have been working to focus on what Robinson does best, including playing at a faster pace.
All five starters finished in double figures as the Lynx shot 59 percent from the field and tightened up their defense in the second half against one of the WNBA's top teams.
Damiris Dantas of the Lynx can make threes and find teammates with passes - when she's not posting up.
Rookie Napheesa Collier scored 19 points and added five rebounds and four steals as the Lynx opened a long homestand with a victory over Dallas.
The Lynx have a 3 1/2-game lead for the final WNBA playoff spot, but are looking at a chance for a home playoff game if they can put together a strong finish.
The Lynx battled hard until Washington pulled away late.
The All-Star has seen her statistics go up since the return of Seimone Augustus to the lineup.
Six Lynx players scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Sylvia Fowles to go along with 12 rebounds.
Minnesota sports treasures are out there, if you know where to look. And for some, bookkeeping sports memorabilia is more than a hobby. It's a career.
It's no coincidence that the latest Lynx victory came on the day Seimone Augustus made her 2019 debut.
For the first time this season Augustus — who had an arthroscopic procedure done on her right knee May 30 — is expected to play for the Lynx tonight.
The Timberwolves on Tuesday introduced five new players, all having something to prove with their team.
For the first time since arthroscopic surgery on her right knee May 30, Seimone Augustus took part in practice with the Lynx on Wednesday.
Seimone Augustus has missed the entire WNBA season because of a knee injury.
After Wednesday's loss to the Mystics, the Lynx's Sylvia Fowles joked that she'd be more than willing to let the younger players take her playing time.
The good news for the Lynx: They're only 1½ games out of fourth place. The bad: They're only 1½ games out of ninth and out of playoff position.
Stephanie Talbot has risen to the occasion for the Lynx since injuries have required her to take on more playing time.
Collier was chosen by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert as an All-Star replacement for Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson
A month after the NBA draft the Timberwolves were able to formally introduce their 2019 draft class Thursday morning, including undrafted Naz Reid.
Poor defense put the Lynx in a hole they couldn't climb out of despite a fourth quarter rally to within one point. "I don't have a lot of nice things to say about our defense," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Nicknamed 'Mama Syl' by her Lynx teammates, Fowles has always been more comfortable nurturing than nagging. But the team's early season struggles led her to a new role.
The Lynx — currently 10-7 and fourth in the league — will send guard Odyssey Sims and center Sylvia Fowles to the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27 in Las Vegas.
All five Lynx starters scored in double-figures, but it was center Sylvia Fowles who received the loudest cheers of the evening for her work against Phoenix.
The team has decided to bring back Zandalasini, the sharp-shooting Italian who recently competed in the EuroBasket tournament, even though she's injured.
Temi Fagbenle is back from the EuroBasket tournament, and she's needed by the Lynx.
The first-round draft pick is the latest Huskies product to land with the Lynx.
The Lynx held the Dream to one field goal over the final 3:54 of the second quarter, then took over to breeze to victory.
Forward Karima Christmas-Kelly will be out for the season after knee surgery Tuesday.
Lynx starting guard and leading scorer Odyssey Sims apologized after practice Thursday for her June 6 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
After practice Thursday, guard Odyssey Sims apologized — both for herself and on behalf of the team — for her June 6 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
At the Hennepin County jail on June 6, a breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.20 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 for driving in Minnesota.