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Maya Moore named 2014 USA Basketball female athlete of the year

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: January 6, 2015 - 12:42 PM

Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore received yet another award today when she was named as the 2014 USA Basketball female athlete of the year.

Moore – along with Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whelan – helped lead USA Basketball to the 2014 FIBA world championship gold medal and was named MVP of the tournament.

“I’m so fortunate to be around the best in the world through USA Basketball,” Moore said in a released put out by USA Basketball. “It was a true privilege to contribute to an awesome team again this year at the world championship.’’

Moore averaged a team-high 15.3 points per game during the tournament, which was held in Turkey,  to go with 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.The team's head coach was Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, and his staff included Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.

Moore has been a part of teams that have won six gold medals with USA Basketball, teams that have combined for a 56-2 all-time record.

Lynx announce 2015 schedule; opener June 5

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: December 11, 2014 - 12:19 PM

The 2015 WNBA season was announced today, and the Lynx will open the season – the team’s 17th – at home vs. Tulsa on Friday, June 5.

The team’s 34-game season runs from June 5 to Sept. 11.

Here are some fast facts about the season:

--The Lynx have one four-game home-stand, which includes games against Phoenix, Indiana, New York and Seattle from Aug. 30-Sept. 8.

--The longest string of road games are three three-game stretches. The first is at Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Antonio from June 14-19. The second is at Tulsa, Los Angeles and Phoenix Aug. 1-7 and at San Antonio, Phoenix and New York Aug. 21-28.

--There are two back-to-backs on the schedule: At home vs. Tulsa June 5 and at Indiana June 6. The second is vs. Atlanta July 31 and at Los Angeles Aug. 1.

--Three games will be televised on ESPN2 – at Phoenix June 14, at Los Angeles Aug. 4 and vs. Phoenix Aug. 30.

--the Lynx will play both defending champion Phoenix (three away, two at home) and Seattle (three at home, two on the road) five times each. 

Here is the team’s full schedule (Note: All times are local to the host city).

Jun.

 

Fri.

5

Tulsa

7:00 p.m.

   

Sat.

6 at

Indiana

7:00 p.m.

   

Thu.

11

Seattle

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

14 at

Phoenix

12:00 p.m.*

   

Tue.

16 at

Los Angeles

7:30 p.m.

   

Fri.

19 at

San Antonio

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

21

Tulsa

6:00 p.m.

   

Thu.

25 at

Seattle

7:00 p.m.

   

Sat.

27

Phoenix 

7:00 p.m.

July

 

Fri.

3

Seattle

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

10 at

Chicago

7:30 p.m.

   

Sun.

12

San Antonio 

6:00 p.m

   

Tue.

14 at

Connecticut

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

17

Chicago

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

19 at

Tulsa

3:30 p.m.

   

Wed.

22

Connecticut

12:00 p.m.

   

Wed.

29

Los Angeles

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

31

Atlanta

7:00 p.m.

Aug.

 

Sat.

1 at

Tulsa

7:00 p.m.

   

Tue.

4 at

Los Angeles

7:00 p.m.*

   

Fri.

7 at

Phoenix

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

9

Los Angeles

6:00 p.m.

   

Tue.

11

San Antonio

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

14 at

Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

   

Sun.

16 at

Washington

4:00 p.m.

   

Wed.

19

Washington

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

21 at

San Antonio

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

23 at

Phoenix

3:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

28 at

New York

7:30 p.m.

   

Sun.

30

Phoenix

6:00 p.m.*

Sept.

 

Fri.

4

Indiana

7:00 p.m.

   

Sun.

6

New York

6:00 p.m.

   

Tue.

8

Seattle

7:00 p.m.

   

Fri.

11 at

Seattle

7:00 p.m.

           
 

Lynx head into the off-season

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: September 4, 2014 - 4:08 PM

The four Minnesota Lynx captains and coach Cheryl Reeve met with the media one last time Thursday afternoon. For Reeve and three of those players – Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus – there won’t be much rest for the weary. All four are slated to head to Annapolis, MD, where they will begin training camp with the U.S. team for the upcoming world championships.

Perhaps because of the strain of playing a WNBA season and then in the World Championships, Whalen indicated today that she is considering not playing in Europe this season. She said that after the tournament is over in early October she will take some time off. There is a chance she will play a partial season over in Europe. But, at this point, she is leaning towards taking the fall and winter off. As she said, she’s looking forward to spending a Thanksgiving at home for the first time in a decade.

The other consideration, of course, is the wear and tear of playing year-around.

“Something has to give, especially if you’re on the national team,” Reeve said. “I’m pleased the give would not be during our season. Lindsay is smart. She wants to play a number more years. In order to have longevity in this league, you do have to start separating things out.”

In that vein, Augustus said she will likely play in Europe this coming season, but it might be her last overseas stint. And Rebekkah Brunson, still rehabbing her knee, plans on taking the first half of the European season off.

That’s about it for now. Have a good weekend.

Lynx returning to Minnesota late this afternoon

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: September 3, 2014 - 12:50 PM

For fans interested in meeting the Minnesota Lynx upon their return to Minnesota, here is the flight information:

The Lynx will be arriving at Terminal 1 on Delta Flight 0171. The flight is expected to land at about 4:20 p.m.. I would expect there will be some fans there to thank the team for a good season. Fans can greet the players and coaches at the baggage claim for their flight.

Lynx season ends in Phoenix

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: September 3, 2014 - 12:38 AM

Cheryl Reeve was quick to give Phoenix all the credit in the world after tonight’s victory. She said the Mercury players played great (they did), they’d had a great season (they have) and that Diana Taurasi was one of the best players in the world (she is).

But she is not ready to cede the balance of power in the Western Conference to Phoenix for the long term.

The Lynx overcame a number of injuries this season, both at the start of the season, when three of their top seven players were recovering from surgery, and at mid-season when Seimone Augustus had knee problems.

She feels that next year, with a healthy team from start to finish, the Lynx will be in the mix going forward.

“They won it this year, we won it last year,” Reeve said. “We were in the finals three straight years. I don’t think because we’re not in the finals that there is a sea change. I think Phoenix had an unbelievable season, record-setting. …. This has been Phoenix’s season.’’

Here are some thoughts on the Lynx’s final game this season:

--To give you an idea how well the Mercury played on defense tonight, consider that the Lynx shot nearly 50 percent through three quarters, out-rebounded the Mercury and had fewer turnovers. And they trailed by five points.

--Janel McCarville really struggled to guard Brittney Griner in this series. This is something the Lynx are going to have to figure out going forward, because Griner isn’t going anywhere.

--It will be very important for Rebekkah Brunson, Monica Wright and  Devereaux Peters to, somehow, get back to 100 percent by next season. All three, who had preseason knee surgery, struggled at times in this series. I don’t think Wright or Brunson ever got back to the level they played at last season.

There won’t be a lot of rest for the team’s Big Three. I would expect Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Augustus to be on the U.S. Team. Then there will be the European season. Here’s hoping everybody stays healthy.

That’s about it for now. 

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