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 postgame: Wasting no time

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: August 19, 2012 - 11:21 PM

This is Jason Gonzalez wrapping up my coverage of the Lynx for the weekend. I hope I was able to keep you up to date and informed. Please feel free to always drop me an e-mail at jason.gonzalez@startribune.com or follow me on Twitter @JGonStrib. Thanks for reading.

 

The Lynx early postseason berth didn't impress coach Cheryl Reeve. Setting a franchise record by achieving the accomplishment so soon, meant nothing. After watching her WNBA-best team struggle through three quarters against the league's worst team, she was convinced it said little about the level of play the Lynx are playing at.

What it did unveil, though, is how bad the bottom of the Western Conference is. The two bottom feeders have only won a combined seven games and lost 34. Tulsa's 83-59 loss at Target Center on Sunday dropped the last-place team to 3-17. And the fifth-place Phoenix Mercury lost their eighth in a row on Sunday to fall to 4-17 and provide the Lynx the postseason edge.

"It doesn't mean anything to us," Reeve said. "I don't know that it says a lot about our team. It says more about the teams at the bottom of our conference."

Point guard Lindsay Whalen said it was too early to start thinking about the playoffs. She was still focused on getting back into WNBA action after a long Olympic break. 

"I'm not really thinking about that. We just got back," Whalen said. "But it shows the hard work we put in."

Seimone Augustus on Lindsay Whalen breaking the Lynx franchise assist record: "That's Weezy, that's what she does. She's a master at getting the ball out there. She always says thank you to us for getting the shots, but she does an incredible job of finding us and putting us in a position to score baskets for her."

For more on Whalen's record-breaking night and the game story: www.startribune.com/sports/lynx/166713606.html

JASON GONZALEZ

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