Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Peters shows glimpse of why Lynx picked her so high vs. Storm

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: May 28, 2012 - 11:51 PM

Through her first three WNBA, Devereaux Peters had more fouls (eight) than points (seven).

Not a good trend.

But the 6-2 forward/center from Notre Dame showed why the Lynx are so high on her on Sunday.

In her fourth game as a pro, Peters went four for six from the field and made two free throws for 10 points. The No. 3 overall pick in the draft also had four rebounds, two steals and an assist as the Lynx beat Seattle 84-71 at Target Center.

Those stats pleased Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. "It's just what she does," Reeve said. "She's just a person who is extremely efficient in the minutes that she gets. For a bench player that is really, really important. That was her best game by far as a Lynx player and I can just see her getting more and more comfortable. As she sees each of the teams for the first time, you can see her trying to find her way through it."

"The players are stronger and smarter, so you definitely have to step up," Peters said. "But being on a team like this, where I can ease my way into it and I'm surrounded by great players, it's been a pretty simple transition for me."

Lynx assistant coach Jim Petersen, who works with the posts, has tried to help Peters. After one training camp practice, he had a short chat with her. And before Sunday's game with the Storm, he walked with her to the locker room after pre-game warm-ups, offering advice.

Peters played almost 11 minutes in the one-sided game. And she put herself in position underneath to catch passes and score several easy baskets.

"It felt great," Peters said, adding the Lynx were focusing on Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson. "That just opened up me to get easy shots. It was pretty easy."

Peters said the WNBA has been about what she expected. "When I got here, I had a sit-down with coach [Reeve]," Peters said. "She told me what she wanted from me and what she wanted me to do for the team and what she wanted this year to be for me. So it's pretty much been that and, everything she asked of me, I'm trying to do. It hasn't been anything that's really taken me by surprise."

Peters is averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in just under 11 minutes. She is shooting 63.6 percent from the field and also averaging 2.5 personal fouls per game.

* Seattle had the No. 2 pick in the WNBA draft last month and took another 6-2 forward, Shekinna Stricklen from Tennessee. She is averaging 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game but playing twice as many minutes as Peters, 23.10 per game.

Against the Lynx, Stricklen had 12 points and two rebounds. She made three three-pointers on seven shots from behind the arc.

LYNX ATOP POWER RANKINGS

Every week, wnba.com does its power rankings. The Lynx were No. 1 in the preseason rankings and have held that position after the first week of games.

No. 2 is Indiana, No. 3 is Los Angeles, a team the Lynx beat last Thursday. Connecticut is No. 4 and the Lynx play the Sun on Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena where they are especially tough (15-2 last regular-season).

Before that game, the Lynx visit Washington on Wednesday. The Mystics (1-1) are No. 11 in the power rankings, ahead of only Tulsa, the team they beat.

INDIANA BEST IN EAST?

Last year Atlanta beat Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals, but this year the Fever (2-0) has already defeated the Dream twice. On Sunday, Indiana won 78-62 in Georgia with suffocating defense and board strength.

The Dream was held to a franchise low 45 shots because the Fever forced 22 turnovers and also controlled the boards 39-29. Indiana had 16 offensive rebounds.

Tamika Catchings, the league MVP last season, had 27 points, 17 in the second quarter, and 12 rebounds for Indiana. Teammate Katie Douglas added 16 points.

The Fever's bench outscored Dream reserves 27-2.

Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 21 points.

 

 

 

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