UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Just over a quarter of the way into the WNBA season the Lynx are 3-6. Last season they lost seven games all season and didn’t suffer their sixth loss until Aug. 20.
That’s a lot to digest for a proud franchise that has won four league titles in the past seven years.
The Lynx lost for the fifth time in six games on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Connecticut Sun 89-75 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Only Indiana (0-7) has lost more games this season.
After playing six of their past seven games on the road, the Lynx now have six days off to regroup before their next game.
When asked where her team goes from here, coach Cheryl Reeve said: “Back to Minneapolis. Back to Minneapolis and we have some days off so we’ll see if we can win our next game.”
The Sun improved to a league-best 7-1, matching the team’s best start since 2015. The league’s highest-scoring team, Connecticut had five players in double figures, led by Courtney Williams, who scored a season-high 22 points.
After the Lynx began the third quarter with a 14-4 run, Connecticut countered with a 19-8 spurt of its own to pull ahead. The Lynx got no closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.
Sylvia Fowles and 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Lynx, but the rest of the starters struggled. Maya Moore scored 17 points on 6-for-18 shooting. Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen combined for six points. Whalen, playing against her former team, went scoreless for the second time in the past three games.
“It’s a game of wills,” Moore said. “We have to control what we can control, and I have to continue to take care of the ball and not set ourselves up. We missed a lot of shots we normally make, combined with not willing ourselves to be better in the fourth. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to keep pushing to fix the things that we can.”
Cecilia Zandalasini also scored in double figures for the Lynx, dropping in a career-high 11 points. Alexis Jones had nine points, all in the first half. Endy Miyem, who just joined the team last week, scored the first five points of her WNBA career.
Shekinna Stricklen, who on Thursday became the first player in WNBA history to convert a four-point play at the buzzer to win a game, sparked the Sun off the bench with 11 points. Stricklen was 3-for-4 from three-point range.
Former Gopher Rachel Banham did not score in five minutes of playing time for the Sun.