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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Lynx best-shooting team in league -- and nobody is close

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: June 8, 2012 - 12:57 PM

Eleven times this WNBA season, a team has shot 50 percent or better. The Lynx are that team in seven of their eight games.

Pretty remarkable, right?

"I just have players [who] understand who they are and where their shots should come from," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said after her team's 79-55 romp over Seattle on Wednesday. "We stay in our lane for the most part. They are all individually talented. They all have their moments where they can be really good. And we share that thing."

As a team the Lynx are shooting 52.5 percent. The next highest shooting team is Washington at 45.3 percent. At the bottom of that list is Tulsa, the Lynx's next opponent on Saturday, at 35.3 percent.

Six of the 11 Lynx players are shooting at least 50 percent:

* Rebekkah Brunson, 63.5 percent ... the veteran forward is third in the league in shooting among players who play 10 minutes or more

* Monica Wright, 53.3 percent ... usually one of first two guards off the bench. Driving more to basket this season, has better scoop layup on fastbreaks.

* Seimone Augustus, 52.5 percent ... off to strong start. Has had three games with 20 points or more.

* Maya Moore, 51.4 percent ... one of top three-point shooters in league at 48.1 percent. She ranks eighth among players who average at least two three-point attempts per game; Candice Wiggins at 47.4 is 10th. ... Moore had five threes in one game.

* Amber Harris and Jessica Adair, both 50.0 percent ... Two post reserves.

 "Five players in double figures -- it's hard to guard," Reeve said, referring to the Lynx's last game. "They understand our stuff and they execute well. Again, when we share the ball, we can be really, really efficient."

The Lynx are averaging a league-high 85.9 points per game, next is Connecticut, two points back at 83.8.

Three players are averaging in double figures: Augustus, 18.1 points per game;  Brunson, 13.6, and Moore, 13.3.

* The Lynx are second in the league in three-point shooting at 40.7 perecent; Indiana, with Katie Douglas, is first at 41.0 percent.

COMING OFF GOOD CAMP

"We always say that what you do in training camp translates to the regular season," Reeve said. "And, for our second team, they had a tremendous training camp. I felt that they were really, really good. They were very focused on reversing some things from last year.

"Overall [they] had  more focus, more communication with each other, more eye contact, more togetherness when they played. And that showed [Wednesday]. ... We didn't want to have any heroes. We were going to do it as a team."

RANKINGS, RATINGS

wnba.com's new Race to the MVP ratings are out and at the top are two dominating centers, Tina Charles of Connecticut and Sylvia Fowles of Chicago. They have jumped over L.A. forward Candace Parker, who drops to third.

Indiana forward Tamika Catchings, last year's MVP, is fourth. Then, at fifth, there is a Lynx player, guard Seimone Augustus. Teammate Maya Moore is seventh. In between is Angel McCoughtry of Atlanta.

* Friday is a big night in the WNBA. Ten of the 12 teams are playing. Only the Lynx and Seattle are idle.

The best game is Connecticut (4-1) at Indiana (4-1). The winner will have at least a share of the Eastern Conference lead. Tulsa (0-6), the Lynx's opponent on Saturday, plays at Chicago (4-1), the other East co-leader.

The winless Shock have shown signs of improvement under first-year coach Gary Kloppenburg. Three of their six losses have come by three points or fewer.

The Lynx (8-0) have not played the toughest schedule so far. Six of their eight victories have come against teams ranked in the bottom six of the wnba.com power ratings. They have one victory over No. 7 San Antonia, No. 8 Phoenix, No. 10 Washington and No. 11 New York and two over No. 9 Seattle.

They will go for their WNBA record-tying ninth win in a row to start the season against No. 12 Tulsa. It might not be easy, especially if Augustus sits a second consecurtive game (strained right quad).

 

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