By her own admission, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, her staff and the players probably let what happened Friday in Phoenix gnaw on them right up until late Saturday night.
But enough is enough.
“You wake up on game day and it’s a new day,” Reeve said.
She also hopes it’s a new game. The Lynx were beaten in nearly all facets of the game in Friday’s series opener in Phoenix. Now the Lynx are in the strange position of needing to win to extend this best-of-three series.
What will it take?
Two main things, according to Reeve: Offense and rebounding.
While defensive problems were also obvious, Reeve feels it was a lack of offensive efficiency that set up the Mercury for many, many points. And poor rebounding only complicated the problem.
“[Phoenix guard} Penny Taylor was hungrier for the ball than the one matched up with,” Reeve said, referring to Seimone Augustus. “Their starters had 12 offensive rebounds. Four of them were for Brittney Griner, despite our saying that was a focal point, that we weren’t going to give her offensive boards. We didn’t get it done. That, in our minds, is one of the single biggest factors in this series.”
Meanwhile, the Mo’ne Davis circus was in town. The girl from the Philadelphia area who took the Little League World Series by storm was flown, with her family, by the WNBA for this game. Davis, who has said she wants to play basketball at Connecticut and then in the WNBA, sported a UConn shirt early, then a Lynx shirt. She met with various players and coaches in a media mob that made its way across the Target Center court, at one point to the chagrin of the Lynx, who were trying to warm up.’’
Here was an interesting exchange: As Davis was being interviewed by local media, Maya Moore came over to say hello and sign Davis’ T-shirt. Davis was quick to respond, giving Moore an autographed copy of her Sports Illustrated cover.
Kids do grow up quickly.
That’s about all for now. Have a great rest of your holiday weekend.