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 stumble in first game of WNBA Finals

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 15, 2012 - 12:02 AM

Who put the lid on the Lynx's basket at Target Center?

Were the Lynx really two for 17 in the fourth quarter against Indiana? Yes, they were and that's why they lost. That mojo they seem to have at home was missing Sunday.

Six days off, practicing among male college or ex-college players is not the same as being tested in a playoffs game.

Indiana won at Connecticut on Thursday to advance to the WNBA Finals. The Fever were ready for anything the Lynx threw at them. The Lynx, on the other hand, struggled on both ends of the floor.

They had a hard time getting good shots and a hard time stopping the Fever.

Starters struggled. Lindsay Whalen was four for 12, Maya Moore four for 14, Rebekkah Brunson five for 12.

The bench was not much help either: five points, four turnovers.

Neither team will practice Monday, but will talk to the media. The WNBA probably requires it.

Lynx players will get some tough questions on Monday, Tuesday and maybe even Wednesday, the next game day. They will get tired of answering them. Which is all good. They need to play with more of an edge.

Baskets often came too easy for Erlana Larkins and other Fever players. Wednesday is what is known in sports lingo as a "must win" for the Lynx. The Lynx, the top seed in these playoffs, don't want to go to Indianapolis down 2-0. Not if they want to repeat as league champions.

 

 

 

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