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 passing the ball around, lead league in assists per game

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: June 30, 2012 - 1:40 PM

" Any given night, someone's going to step up," Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen said after her team beat Phoenix 96-80 at Target Center. "[Wednesday] was really balanced ... six players in double figures."

The Lynx (13-1) play at San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.

"You know next night it might be a different group of six that's in the double figures. It's any given night we know whoever's kind of feeling it, whoever's got the hot hand going. It's good. We shared the ball really well.

"I think in the first half we had 16 assists on 18 field goals, which is really good. It shows our unselfishness. And again, we can watch the film and get better. So we'll definitely do that."

The Lynx finished with 27 assists on 35 baskets against the Mercury. They average a league-high 20.1 assists per game. San Antonio is second at 18.6.

* The Lynx finished this month 8-1 record, tying the franchise record for most June wins. They were  8-5 in June of 2000.. They also matched the second-highest total in any calendar month. Their best month was  11-2 last August.

WIGGINS BASKS IN TEAM

"This is the greatest team, man. This is the greatest team," Lynx backup guard Candice Wiggins said after the win over Phoenix. "There's a reason why we had that historical start because I'm telling you this team is historical. I've been on many, many great teams, but this team is just incredible.

"And I would be, like I said, very, very, very selfish to be mad about my shooting night because it's an honor to play on this team… It's humbling."

Wiggins had one of her worst shooting nights, going one for eight, including zero for six on threes.

"For me, the fans are like my support system," Wiggins said. "I feel them supporting me personally. I hear them talking in the crowd. You know the encouragement. It's like, when you feel like frowning they make you want to smile, when you really literally feel like frowning.

"There's something to be said about that kind of spirit and energy. It has a lot to do with the people of Minnesota, too, that I've, over five years, really gotten to learn and to love. They haven't changed. The love hasn't changed. It hasn't gotten more or less from the other years, even when we were struggling. It's just real.

"So the energy that the crowd brings, it's so cliché, people say it, but it's like energy. You can feel it. You can feel it transferring from the crowd to us. It's amazing. It makes my heart smile, for sure."

Wiggins also had four fouls and two turnovers on the bad side compared to two steals, one rebound, and one steal on the good side.

SUN SHINES

Connecticut (10-3) rolled over Washington 77-64 as its two Olympians both had double-doubles. Forward Asjha Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Tina Charles 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Reserve guard Monique Currie has 21 points for the Mystics (2-10). 

The Sun were coming off their worst loss in franchise history -- 96-61 at Indiana.

Also in double figures for the Sun, who play the Lynx at Target Center a week from today (Saturday) were Mistie Mims with 15 points and ex-Lynx guard Renee Montgomery with 10. Mims' father, Chubby Checker, came to watch her play.

The Lynx have two games before they meet the East leaders, the Sun just one, Seattle visits the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday.

 The Sun shot 45 percent against Washington. Three starting guards for the Mystics were three for 18.

PHOENIX RISES

Coach Corey Gaines somehow put together a lineup to upset Chicago on its home court. Phoenix beat the Sky 84-81 and outrbounded one of the top rebounding teams 42-25.

Krystal Tomas had 11 rebounds for the Mercury, guard Alexis Hornbuckle, the ex-Lynx, added nine. Hornbuckle, who sat on the end of the bench last season in Minnesota, starts for Phoenix which only had eight players because of injuries. She had eight points, three assists and three steals.

DeWanna Bonner led Phoenix (4-9)  with 27 points, ex-Lynx Charde Houston, another Lynx bench-warmer starting for the Mercury, had 16.

Swin Cash had 16 points and ex-Lynx Shay Murphy 15 for Chicago (7-5) which has lost four in a row. Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sky coach Pokey Chatman said the 6-6 Fowles did not work hard enough afterward.

ATLANTA REACHES .500

The Dream outscored Tulsa 102-92. Angel McCoughtry had 24 points and Armintie Price 19 for Atlanta (7-7) which shot 61 percent and made six of 11 shots from behind the three-point arc.

Ivory Latta and rookie Glory Johnson each had 16 points for the Shock (2-12) which had five players in double figures.

 

 

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