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Fowles helps set the tone in Lynx victory

Greetings for a final time from Target Center tonight.

The Lynx, with a game in Tulsa Saturday, did what they needed to do tonight. They won easily, in such one-sided fashion that coach Cheryl Reeve was able to keep the minutes down for her starters. And that wasn’t an easy job considering she didn’t have Seimone Augustus or Anna Cruz.

Cruz sat the game out after spraining her right ankle Wednesday. She was close to being able to play and might play Saturday.

Here are some thoughts on the game

--Sylvia Fowles had a relatively modest 12 points and eight rebounds. But she was rather dominant in the first quarter, when the Lynx essentially set the tone with a 26-9 edge in scoring. She opened the scoring by forcing a turnover, then dribbling down the court to score. She said she felt a lot better tonight than she had on Wednesday. And she – and the Lynx – showed what might be in store when Fowles gets completely up to speed with the team.

--It was a very nice game for Renee Montgomery, who started in Cruz’s spot. The trade with Seattle that brought Montgomery here has been overshadowed by the Fowles trade. But Montgomery was important tonight. She played nearly 29 minutes – more than any other Lynx starter – and had nine assists to go with six points and two steals.

--Lindsay Whalen had her second straight strong game since returning from an eye injury. She scored 15 points tonight.

--Tricia Liston’s game continues to grow. Reeve has been stressing her belief that Liston is more than just a spot-up shooter. Tonight Liston played a career-high 32:12 off the bench, scored 10 points and had three assists…. And even a blocked shot.

--Moore struggled with her shot again tonight. She was 6-for-21. Still, she finished up with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.  Afterward Reeve said Moore was tired. Moore has taken it upon herself to work hard to get Montgomery and Fowles integrated into the team. “That can be draining,” Reeve said. “And we saw that tonight.’’

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

Cruz won't play tonight

Lynx guard Anna Cruz will not play tonight.

Cruz warmed up with the team tonight. And Cruz – who turned her right ankle late in Wednesday’s victory over Los Angeles -- was moving well. But coach Cheryl Reeve said Cruz just wasn’t ready enough to play.

“She’s a scratch,” Reeve said. “There is still a little too much pain and weakness. She can put weight on it; you can see she’s warming up. It’s more when you get into the intense cutting (that the ankle bothers Cruz). So we’ll go with Renee in her place.’’

That would be Renee Montgomery, who figures to get significant minutes tonight. She will start with Lindsay Whalen in the backcourt. After that?

“There will be some pretty interesting matchups,” Reeve said.

There is still a chance Cruz would play Saturday in Tulsa. The team will need a third guard more on the back end of a back-to-back.

Some other pre-game notes:

--This is the return to Target Center of both Damiris Dantas and Reshanda Grey, who were traded to Atlanta this week in the three-team deal that brought Sylvia Fowles to Minnesota.

--Tonight is Native American Heritage Night. Many Native American fans are here, some with shirts or signs supporting Atlanta guard Shoni Schimmel, a member of the Conferated Tribes of Umatilla Indians.

--This will be the second start for Fowles, who said her timing felt about two seconds off on Wednesday. Reeve said it will take a while for Fowles to get totally comfortable in the Lynx system, but Fowles figures to be a bit more comfortable tonight.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Saints at Fargo-Moorhead

    1pm on 1220-AM

  • Seattle at Twins

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Midwest Outlaws Car Show and Taco Event

    3pm on Live music, taco eating contest and more.

  • Twins at Toronto

    12:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Fargo-Moorhead

    7pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Lynx at Los Angeles

    9pm on ESPN2, 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at New York

    6:30pm

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Lincoln at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Lynx at Phoenix

    9pm on 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • FC Edmonton at Minnesota United FC

    7pm on Ch. 45

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Twins at Cleveland

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Winnipeg at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Los Angeles at Lynx

    6pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • Vikings vs. Pittsburgh

    7pm on Ch. 11, 100.3/1130

Today's Scoreboard

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  • Kansas City

    Toronto

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    3

    0

  • San Diego

    Miami

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • Detroit

    Baltimore

     

    - F

    6

    1

  • Tampa Bay

    Boston

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Atlanta

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    6

    2

  • NY Yankees

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    12

    3

  • Arizona

    Houston

     

    - F

    1

    4

  • Chicago Cubs

    Milwaukee

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Seattle

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    4

    1

  • Colorado

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    2

    3

  • San Francisco

    Texas

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • Cleveland

    Oakland

     

    - F

    1

    2

  • LA Angels

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Washington

    NY Mets

     

    - Bot 4th

    1

    5

  • Phoenix

    Atlanta

     

    - F

    71

    68

  • Seattle

    New York

     

    - F

    62

    78

  • Los Angeles

    San Antonio

     

    - F

    80

    78

  • Washington

    Chicago

     

    - F

    68

    71

  • Connecticut

    Indiana

     

    - F

    70

    83

  • Portland

    San Jose

     

    - F

    0

    0

  • FC Dallas

    Chicago

     

    - F

    0

    2