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Lynx hold a rookies-only practice Wednesday

--Because of Tuesday’s heavy load – the Lynx practiced in the morning and held a night scrimmage – coach Cheryl Reeve gave the veterans the day off Wednesday. That gave her the opportunity to work with the group of seven rookies this morning.

That group put in a rigorous practice against the men.

“it was really good,’’ Reeve said. “We spent an hour in video, just showing them some things. And it was important to see who, based on the teachings last night and the video today, who could go out and apply it. As a group, I thought it was exceptional. They bettered themselves today.

Part of it was Reeve’s desire to see the young group without the veterans around.

“They’re more timid when [the veterans] are around them,’’ she said. “We wanted to see their personalities. We needed to see their leadership. It was good to see who stepped up.’’

--The vast majority of these rookies, of course, will not make the team. The Lynx will keep 11 players. Of those, nine spots are essentially set. That leaves the rest to battle for two spots. It’s likely first-round draft pick Alexis Jones will make the roster. Ideally the final spot would be filled with a post player for roster balance. But Reeve isn’t going to let roster balance force her to keep a player who’s not ready.

--So who among the rookies has impressed? At the top of the list is Shao Ting, the Chinese forward who has played pro ball in China, where she was a teammate of Lynx center Sylvia Fowles. “I think because Ting is older (27), she has more wisdom about what she’s doing,’’ Reeve said. “It’s been an easier time for her. Our schemes aren’t unique. It’s pro ball, she’s been playing pro ball. If I had to point to a player, id’ say that’s the one that feels a little more comfortable.’’

--Reeve has also been impressed with Jones and guard Moriah Mack.

Lynx practice gets more intense; 15 games scheduled for TV

Things got a little more intense today at Lynx practice. For the first two days it was mostly about installing plays and schemes. But Tuesday the team started practicing against the men and started doing more scrimmage-type stuff. The team will hold a full scrimmage this evening. 

“When you turn the intensity up a little bit, you can see who responds,’’ coach Cheryl Reeve said. “You can see who forgets what they’re doing when they have a little bit of pressure. And so it’s a revealing time.’’

Today was also Rebekkah Brunson’s first practice with the team. Brunson returned to Minnesota after having finished her commitment to a team in Turkey. Brunson didn’t play the whole season there, but joined her team for the stretch run. The only player  on the roster not here is Natasha Howard, who is playing for a team in Italy.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports North announced today it will televise 12 Lynx games this season, the most FSN has done. That will include a number of games where FSN will simulcast the coverage from the affiliate covering the Lynx opponent. 

The Lynx are already scheduled to play three games on ESPN2 this season, and it’s expected that number could grow to as many as seven when ESPN announces changes to its schedule. That would mean fans could have access to as many as 19 of the team’s 34 games this season.

About time, Reeve said.

“That’s the way it should be,’’ she said. “That’s what we’ve been asking for. I think our fan base deserves it. I think our team deserves it. And let’s not hide this. The more we’re on , the more we’re seen, the more we get to grow the game. ‘’

The FSN team of Marney Gellner and Lea B. Olsen will team up on the FSN-produced telecasts.

Here are the 12 games FSN will cover this season -- * designates a simulcast and + means it will be carried on FSN-plus:

May 14 vs. Chicago; May 20 at Dallas*; May 28 vs. San Antonio; June 11 at Dallas*+; June 17 vs. Connecticut+; June 25 vs. San Antonio*; June 30 at Phoenix*+; July 16 vs. Phoenix; July 28 at Atlanta*; Aug. 8 at Atlanta*+; Aug. 11 vs. Los Angeles+; Aug. 22 vs. Phoenix+.

Here are the three games ESPN2 is currently scheduled to carry, a number that should grow: May 18 at New York; July 6 vs. Los Angeles; Aug. 3 vs. Atlanta.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • San Jose at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29, 1500-AM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    1:15 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Oakland at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Oakland at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Cincinnati

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    4

    9

  • Kansas City

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • Houston

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    6

    7

  • Tampa Bay

    Baltimore

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Miami

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    4

    7

  • Chicago Cubs

    Pittsburgh

     

    - F

    5

    6

  • NY Yankees

    Boston

     

    - F

    3

    1

  • Seattle

    Detroit

     

    - F

    8

    0

  • Atlanta

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    8

    2

  • Minnesota

    Texas

     

    - F

    3

    14

  • Toronto

    St. Louis

    Postponed

  • Washington

    Colorado

     

    - F

    11

    4

  • San Diego

    Arizona

     

    - F

    8

    5

  • Oakland

    LA Angels

     

    - F

    5

    8

  • LA Dodgers

    San Francisco

     

    - F

    3

    4

No NFL games today

  • Atlanta

    Washington

     

    - F

    99

    103

  • Chicago

    Boston

     

    - F

    97

    108

  • Nashville

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Edmonton

    Anaheim

     

    - F

    5

    3

No MLS games today