Yes, the San Antonio Stars, injury-plagued much of the season, are not a very good team. Yes, their ability to stretch the floor is limited with Kayla Alexander and Kayla McBride both injured.
Still, the way the Lynx played defense in their one-sided victory over the Stars at Target Center Sunday was impressive. The Lynx matched their season low with 66 points and still won by 17. They held San Antonio to six first-quarter points, to 49 points over all and to 29 percent shooting, all season lows for a Lynx opponent.
The victory pushed the Lynx back into a virtual tie for first place in the WNBA’s Western Conference at 9-3, percentage points ahead of Tulsa (10-4).
Here are some thoughts on the game:
--Rebekkah Brunson’s defense in the post on S.A. forward Sophia Young-Malcolm was very impressive. Young-Malcolm was coming off a 27-point game and had averaged 18.8 points and 57.7 percent shooting over her last four games. Tonight? Four points on 1-for-8 shooting.
--I think it’s going to take a while for Anna Cruz to get completely comfortable with her new team. But she can defend on the perimeter and she brings flow to the game. You saw her play a good bit on the floor with Lindsay Whalen tonight. You could see more of that going forward.
--Devereaux Peters was also very good defensively tonight, getting three blocks in 17:46 of playing time. Peters also scored five points with six rebounds and an assist.
--Maya Moore is really starting to find her groove. She scored 20, her fourth straight game with 20 or more and she was all over the court, with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
--Tricia Liston played 20 minutes tonight, and they were productive. She scored six points – hitting two of five three pointers. But she also had four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.
That’s about it for now. Have a good week.