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Lynx' Whalen named Western Conference Player of the Week

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen was named WNBA Western Conference player of the week for third time in Minnesota and the seventh time in her career. 

Whalen had 16 points and six assists in a victory at Seattle and 21 points in a win over Phoenix.

Chicago's Elena Delle Donne was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Lynx prepare for Seattle by getting defensive at practice

After her unhappiness with the way the Lynx played defense in Sunday’s loss to Tulsa at Target Center, it’s no surprise that when the Lynx returned to practice Tuesday, coach Cheryl Reeve spent most of it stressing that part of the game.

“We got some really good work in,” she said. “We’ll be the better for it in the long run.’’

But there is no question Sunday’s loss is still bothering Reeve. After all, it was the first time in her time as Lynx head coach that the team has shot better than 50 percent in a game and lost. They are now 49-1 in that department.

I’m betting that will change when the team plays in Seattle Thursday.

“For me, it’s a recognition that I have not been a very good defensive coach for this team to this point,” Reeve said. “And, as I told the team, I vowed to change that. I take full responsibility for what we didn’t get done. And there are some games where we have done well [defensively]. This game we didn’t get it done, and I think our players are thinking too much about their offense. And we have to understand where our bread is buttered. And that’s when we play good defense.’’

The Lynx did that in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, when the team had 10 deflections while building a nine-point lead. When the Lynx players are playing good defense, it makes things easier for everyone on offense. Reeve said playing more in transition is a way to loosen things up for players like Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen.

Reeve said most of the defensive problems revolve around defensive positioning. “I don’t know the reasons for it.’’

The Lynx will practice again Wednesday before heading to Seattle.

“I don’t want to walk out of Target Center , or the arena we played in, and say we lost because we didn’t play great defense,” Reeve said.

 

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Twins at Cincinnati

    11:35am on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:35pm on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Saints at Lincoln

    6:35pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    4pm

  • Seattle at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Minnesota United FC at Carolina

    4pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    6:15pm on Ch. 9, 96.3-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Fargo-Moorhead at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Ottawa at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Ottawa at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Baltimore at Twins

    12:10pm on 96.3-FM

  • Ottawa at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Minnesota

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Boston

    Toronto

     

    - F

    2

    11

  • Colorado

    Oakland

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Seattle

    San Diego

     

    - F

    7

    0

  • Texas

    Baltimore

     

    - F

    2

    4

  • NY Yankees

    LA Angels

     

    - Top 7th

    2

    0

  • Milwaukee

    Philadelphia

     

    - Bot 7th

    8

    4

  • Pittsburgh

    Detroit

     

    - Top 7th

    6

    2

  • Washington

    Atlanta

     

    - Top 1st

    0

    0

  • San Francisco

    Miami

     

    - Top 8th

    5

    3

  • Chicago Cubs

    NY Mets

     

    - Bot 8th

    0

    0

  • Cleveland

    Tampa Bay

     

    - Top 8th

    8

    0

  • Kansas City

    Houston

     

    - Bot 4th

    3

    1

  • Chicago White Sox

    St. Louis

     

    - Delayed

    0

    0

  • LA Dodgers

    Arizona

    8:40 PM