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Las Vegas led in the game for only about two minutes, but it was enough to send the Lynx to their fourth straight defeat .
The offense is simplified, and the guard has been told to push the pace.
The WNBA's hottest team held on down the stretch to hand the Lynx their third loss in a row.
Coach Cheryl Reeve saw good signs in the team's second consecutive loss.
Kadiatou Sissoko was a five-star recruit and has three years of eligibility.
"It's heartbreaking," coach Cheryl Reeve said. A power forward with the ability to stretch the floor on offense, Jessica Shepard had emerged as a key contributor in the team's 4-2 start.
Saturday's loss, the first this season at home for the Lynx, was more of the same for a team that has struggled to find any kind of consistency on offense.
Playing in their second game in three nights the Lynx nearly ran out of gas in the fourth quarter but found enough to escape with a home win over the Mercury.
Many things the Lynx did well in getting off to a 3-0 start disappeared in Tuesday's loss. "It seems like we forgot what our identity was," coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Through training camp, preseason and two regular-season games, it has become clear that Jessica Shepard has been able to do what few WNBA rookies — especially those drafted in the second round — can do.
There are still flaws in their game, but the Lynx are off to a 2-0 start with a vastly overhauled roster and a focus on balance instead of relying on their top players.
More than perhaps ever, the WNBA is less about its big stars and more about the improved level of play of a steadily improving talent flow.
The Lynx got some old and a whole lot of new to kick off the season in a 89-71 victory over Chicago in front of an announced crowd of 8,524 at Target Center.
Sylvia Fowles is a holdover on a retooled Lynx team, and is a willing go-to leader. "You're talking about loyalty here," Fowles said.
The team has a slew of new faces, including three rookies — Shao Ting, Napheesa Collier and Jessica Shepard — and the goal of retooling and rebuilding on the fly.
Seimone Augustus and Karima Christmas-Kelly are battling knee soreness. The Lynx open the 2019 season vs. Chicago on Saturday at Target Center.
The team waived veteran forward Erlana Larkins on Wednesday and will put Temi Fagbenle on the temporarily suspended list this week to get the roster to 12 players.
Minnesota's first pick is No. 6 in the first round.
Events recently hold special meaning for players Dieng, Jones.
In 2003, Dwyane Wade took a quantum leap at the Metrodome while helping Marquette into the Final Four.
Dwyane Wade scored a game-high 24 points but his last-second three-point attempt bounced off the rim, preserving a Timberwolves home win.
Down 19 points in the second quarter but up three entering the fourth, the Wolves faded to a 132-122 loss to Portland. "Feels like Groundhog Day right now,'' Ryan Saunders said.
The forward already had missed 40 consecutive games since suffering a bone bruise Dec. 31 at New Orleans.
The senior guard averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season.
Plenette Pierson was with the Lynx in 2017 when they won their most recent WNBA title.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a rough night, but drew a late foul and sank the game-winning free throws with under a second remaining in overtime.
Los Angeles scored 42 points in the first quarter and clinched a playoff spot. The Wolves That lack of defensive intensity "has been the story of a number of games," interim coach Ryan Saunders said.
Jones said the stat is a product of emphasis by the coaches. But it's also being good at making the initial read on a play.
Interim coach Ryan Saunders said he will do some experimentation to see how some players fare in unusual situations over the final nine games of the season.
The combination of injuries to Wolves players and the team's schedule down the stretch could conspire to help the team come draft lottery time. But to a man players and coaches say they'll play hard the final 11 games.
The Wolves shot only 40.4 percent. On the defensive end,they let the Warriors do just about whatever they wanted, burning the Wolves over and over.
Tyus was named Most Outstanding Player while leading Duke to the 2015 NCAA title. Now, perhaps his brother will follow in those footsteps.
The Gophers get at least one more home game.
The team will learn its postseason fate on Monday night.
Tenth-seeded Indiana took a 15-point lead in the first half while the Gophers missed all but one of the 15 three-pointers they took in making a quick Big Ten exit.
In Destiny Pitts, Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen sees a sophomore who never panics, always seems to be the one smiling at crunch time and is never afraid.
The Gophers rolled and go to Indianapolis on a high note.
On senior day, Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen said she will remember Palma Kaposi's enthusiasm, Irene Garrido Perez's consistent approach, Annalese Lamke's work ethic and Kenisha Bell's heart.
A weak nonconference schedule and a stretch of seven Big Ten losses in eight games have made the Gophers a long shot to make the NCAA tournament
Karl-Anthony Towns led a 20-1 run in the second quarter that helped the Wolves overcome a slow start and move up a bit in the playoff chase.
According to Towns, the car in front of them slowed down for another accident further down the road, forcing them to a rather abrupt stop. Then Towns' SUV was hit from behind, he said.
One of interim coach Ryan Saunders' strengths since taking over the Wolves has been his willingness to make major use of his reserves when needed.
The Wolves led by two entering the fourth and then the Bucks went to work, ending the game on a 33-18 run over the final 12 minutes.
The State Patrol said the Timberwolves All-Star had a minor injury as a result of Thursday's car crash and declined treatment at the scene. He missed a second consecutive game Saturday.
The Timberwolves are still convinced that leapfrogging three teams to get to a playoff spot is possible with only 25 games left in the season.
Maryland coach Brenda Frese took the Gophers women's basketball team from nowhere to national relevance, thanks in large part to guard Lindsay Whalen. The two coach against each other tonight.
Tyus Jones, who missed 13 games after spraining his left ankle in Philadelphia Jan. 15, returns to a Wolves team that, coming out of the All-Star break, is inching back to health.
Kenisha Bell hobbled off the court two minutes into the game after turning her ankle. But her return set off the Gophers to their highest scoring output of the season.
The Gophers women's basketball team has won five in a row. Coach Lindsay Whalen has not just switched the lineup to go small but also her approach to the job, an on-the-fly adjustment she has found gratifying.
Luol Deng and Dario Saric started at forward in place of Taj Gibson and Andrew Wiggins. Derrick Rose returned with a big night and the Wolves held off a late-game surge by the Clippers.
It was another milestone Monday for Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders, who coached against one of his father's best friends at Target Center.
Minnesota scored the final four points of regulation to force overtime, then scored the first nine points in the extra session in a 73-64 victory.
A revamped, smaller Gophers women's basketball lineup — Destiny Pitts (5-10), Jasmine Brunson (5-8) and Kenisha Bell (5-9), along with the 6-1 Irene Garrido Perez and the 6-2 Tayie Bello — has gone 3-0.
The Lynx signed 6-foot-3 forward Damiris Dantas to an offer sheet earlier this week, and Atlanta had four days to match the offer.
Even now, well into her first season coaching the Gophers women's basketball team, Lindsay Whalen is learning things about her team.
When Ryan Saunders replaced Tom Thibodeau the Wolves were 29th in the league in opponent's three-point percentage (37.3 percent). In Saunders' first 11 games they were fourth (34 percent).
The Lynx on Friday made two early moves in WNBA free agency that likely will not be the last for the team this offseason.
Karima Christmas-Kelly gives the Lynx a much-needed veteran to add to a roster that must evolve after eight years of relative stability and four WNBA titles..
This tender scene was striking.
Wolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders said increased aggressiveness on the boards can translate to other areas of Andrew Wiggins game, too.
Minnesota went from a two-point lead over Ohio State moments into the fourth quarter to a 14-point deficit, leaving coach Lindsay Whalen unhappy with her team at both ends of the court.
Freshman Gabe Kalscheur has started every game for the Gophers, often taking on the job of guarding the other team's top perimeter player.
The Gophers shot just 11-for-34 in the second half against the Boilermakers, leading to another Big Ten loss that coach Lindsay Whalen said was not for lack of effort. "Stay the course," she said emphatically.
With a home win desperately needed, Wolves coach Ryan Saunders rode with Derrick Rose on Sunday, who played all 12 minutes in the fourth quarter and 22½ of 24 minutes in the second half.
His winning basket capped a 29-point second half against the stubborn Suns.
The All-Star center leads the lead with six disqualifications.
Friday's loss left the Wolves three games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot in the conference. And Minnesota will play its next four games in seven days, three of them on the road, starting Sunday vs. Phoenix. It's time for a run.
The Wolves have back-to-back games looming with Phoenix, the worst team in the conference. But the Wolves already have lost to the Suns, in Phoenix on Dec. 15, one of just 11 games they have won.
This much is clear: If Maya Moore does not play, it would be difficult news for a Lynx team already in transition with Lindsay Whalen's retirement and other roster issues.
Center Megan Gustafson of No. 22-ranked Iowa dominated Minnesota with 34 points and 13 rebounds as the 23rd-ranked Gophers went from an eight-point halftime lead to an 18-point loss.
The No. 18 Gophers will play host to No. 17 Iowa tonight in a game that's as must-win as can be at this point in the season. What needs to change for the Gophers?
The Wolves made the plays at the end they failed to a night earlier to record their second victory under Ryan Saunders.
And he stepped up Saturday with a productive second half.
While he's far from making all of the changes he intends to introduce in a bid to shed the 'interim coach' label, Ryan Saunders brought a radically different presence to the bench during his first game in charge.
From the first play they scored on, which was one of his father's favorites, the Timberwolves played with passion that led to a 119-117 victory.
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