See you in five weeks, WNBA

In the Lynx's final game until mid-August, Maya Moore had a 19-point quarter in a win over Tulsa.

In her last WNBA game before a five-week break for the Olympics, Maya Moore reminded everyone why she will be on the U.S. women's basketball team in London.

The second-year forward scored a season-high 28 points, including a franchise-record 19 in one quarter, as the Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 89-74 on Thursday in front of an announced "Camp Day" Target Center crowd of 15,318 -- the second largest in team history.

"We really wanted to send them off with smiles on their faces, not scowls," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said about Moore and her team's other two U.S. Olympians, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen.

Moore scored 10 consecutive points in the second quarter and turned a one-point deficit into a 40-31 lead for the Lynx (15-4). She had 26 points by halftime but scored only two more after the break before fouling out.

Rookie Glory Johnson had 30 points for the Shock (3-15).

In some ways, it was a typical game for the Lynx. They are the defending WNBA champions and in first place in the West, but they have appeared to be on cruise control at times. Other coaches say the Lynx have more talent than any other team, but it's not always visible. With the pre-Olympic schedule in the books, here's a first-half assessment of the Lynx:

Moore (B-): Many expected a breakthrough season, but her scoring average is only slightly higher than last season -- thanks to games against lowly Tulsa. Last year's Rookie of the Year is averaging 14.7 points this season. She is shooting better from three-point range (42.5 percent) and rarely misses free throws (46 of 51).

Whalen (B): The former Gophers star is in the middle of her third Lynx season. Whalen, a point guard, is always talking to Reeve, even in practice. She moves the ball well and scores when others are struggling. She has had two 20-point games and won another game on a last-second putback. She is at her best on the fast break or driving to the basket. But she isn't much of an outside threat and has trouble containing quicker guards.

Augustus (B+): The fun-loving, tattooed Augustus leads the Lynx in scoring at 16.5 points per game. She is making 52.5 percent of her three-pointers, ranking third among WNBA players with 30 or more attempts. Nagging injuries may have slowed her a bit; she was team's defensive stopper on top perimeter threats last season.

Rebekkah Brunson (B): The 6-2 forward is probably the best rebounder in the league for her size. She averages 8.5 rebounds per game and is especially effective on the offensive end. She is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, just under a career best. Brunson adds toughness and grit to the starting five, but she has to improve her free-throw shooting, which has sunk to 62 percent.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin (B-): The 41-year-old center is closing in on 5,000 career points and 3,000 rebounds. She knows how to pace herself in a game and is a calming presence whatever the situation. She is averaging 8.9 points and shooting 51.9 percent, near her career best, as she has improved her outside shot. She doesn't move that well but knows where to be.

Bench (C+): Guard Monica Wright is the team's most improved player -- she has doubled her scoring to 9.8 points per game -- and Candice Wiggins is fiery and a three-point threat. Bu the rest of the reserves have had mixed results. Rookie Devereaux Peters shows potential at times. Amber Harris hasn't done much for a player picked fourth in the 2011 draft. Knee problems have hurt Jessica Adair. Erin Thorn rarely plays.

Coaching (A-): The Lynx have the league's best record, meaning Reeve has usually pressed the right buttons, especially during a 10-0 start. Players seem to understand their roles. She is always emphasizing balance, and nobody on the Lynx has received a weekly or monthly league award this season.

Overall (A-): The Lynx lead the league in points per game and field-goal and three-point accuracy, and they also hold opponents to the lowest shooting percentage.

  • LYNX 89, TULSA 74

    At the Olympic break: Lynx are 15-4 and will have 15 regular-season games remaining when their WNBA season resumes Aug. 17

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Yankees 0 Top 2nd Inning
Toronto 2
Detroit 3 Top 2nd Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Chicago Cubs - F. Doubront 1:15 PM
St. Louis - J. Masterson
Cincinnati - A. Simon 3:05 PM
Pittsburgh - V. Worley
Minnesota - K. Gibson 6:05 PM
Baltimore - C. Tillman
Philadelphia - J. Williams 6:10 PM
NY Mets - B. Colon
Miami - J. Cosart 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Harang
Boston - A. Webster 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Cleveland - T. Bauer 6:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Shields
Detroit - K. Ryan 6:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Bassitt
Texas - R. Ross Jr. 6:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Colorado - T. Matzek 7:10 PM
Arizona - V. Nuno
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada 7:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Gonzales
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Milwaukee - M. Fiers 8:05 PM
San Francisco - J. Peavy
Oakland - J. Samardzija 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Rasmus
Washington - S. Strasburg 8:10 PM
Seattle - R. Elias
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 26 FINAL
UCF 24
Troy 7 2nd Qtr 0:16
UAB 24
(7) UCLA 21 2nd Qtr 0:52
Virginia 10
Western Mich 14 2nd Qtr 4:25
Purdue 20
(5) Ohio State 6 2nd Qtr 0:05
Navy 7
Appalachian St 0 2nd Qtr 0:48
Michigan 35
Ga Southern 10 2nd Qtr 6:45
NC State 3
Boston College 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Colorado 3:00 PM
Seattle
New England 4:00 PM
Toronto FC
Columbus 6:30 PM
Montreal
FC Dallas 7:30 PM
Chicago
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
San Jose
Portland 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Chicago 6:00 PM
Indiana
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close