Lynx want to be seen around metro area before season opener
- Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
- May 8, 2012 - 10:59 PM
The Lynx are trying to make themselves as visible as possible leading up to their season opener in 1-1/2 weeks. On Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson threw out the first pitch before the Twins game vs. the Angels.
On Thursday, the Lynx will play the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena at 6 p.m. in their first exhibition game.
Here are other events planned:
Sunday: Prowl and the Lynx will be at the Health Expo during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which raises funds and increases awareness of breast cancer.
Tuesday, May 15: The Lynx will play the Chicago Sky at noon at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion in their second exhibition game. Former Gopher Lindsay Whalen will play on the U campus for the first time as a member of the Lynx.
Friday, May 18: Members of the Lynx front office and Prowl will hand out juice and pastries for breakfast in the skyway outside of the Timberwolves Administrative Offices.
Saturday, May 19: The Lynx will join the Twin Cities Heart Walk at Target Field Plaza. Lynx mascot Prowl will be a part of a mascot race.
Sunday, May 20: The home opener begins at 11:30 a.m. The defending champions play Phoenix in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.
Source: Lynx PR staff
PETERS TO DEBUT
The Lynx hopefully will give Devereaux Peters plenty of court time on Thursday against Connecticut.
She was their top pick in the WNBA draft last month, No. 3 overall, and needs to get used to the pro game and her new role, coming off the bench.
Peters played with Skylar Diggins (16.8 ppg) and Natalie Novosel (15.2) at Notre Dame, and was the third scoring option behind them, averaging 11.8.
"She has always had to defer to those guys,” Reeve said on draft day. “And as you know with our team, we are pretty set in the scoring category. We needed somebody who would be very comfortable in being a role player and kind of continue with the mindset that was so good to us last year.
“Certainly, there are some things she needs to improve on right away from Day 1. We are looking at, from an individual offensive standpoint, the face-up jumper. ... To be successful in our league offensively, she has to develop that."
So watch for Peters to attempt a few of those.
“But a number of things offensively that she does are unique. She is a tremendous passer," Reeve said.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin sent Reeve an e-mail on draft day saying, “Coach, I’m old” and that the Lynx ought to think about replacing her at some point.
“We took her advice and we thought Devereaux Peters most resembled Taj,” Reeve said. “So a great kid, a great program.”
One concern about Peters has been her penchant to get into foul trouble.
“[She] finally got it by her senior year," Reeve said. "She was plagued by foul trouble probably every single game she played in up until her senior year. I thought she managed that situation much better in her senior year. And frankly [she] might be the player who is most happiest about coming to the WNBA because she gets six fouls. That would benefit her."
College players get only five fouls before they foul out.
“She will adjust. She will figure it out," Reeve said. "She is a very intelligent player and we have such a great group. Much like Maya, Devereaux will understand what a great team she is coming to, and how many people she has to learn from. And I just think she will be a sponge and be ready when her number is called but more than anything improve every day and this is about the future.”
Peters also should help on defense. She has a 77-inch wing span and was the Big East's defensive player of te year twice.
As for injury concerns with Peters, the Lynx don't have any. She has had two ACL surgeries on the left knee.
“Our doctors, our team trainer looked at all that stuff," Reeve said. "There is a pretty good feeling given that she has played two years injury free. Usually if you get by that first year injury free, it is a good indicator that you are in good shape. So we are very comfortable with that situation.”
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