Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Augustus: Fever can play stingy defense or make three after three

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 14, 2012 - 10:54 AM

Seimone Augustus said the Lynx's two victories over Indiana this season in mid-September were totally different games.

"The first game I actually didn't play," said Augustus, who was out with a sprained foot. "It was a grind-out type of game where the score was in the 60s. [The Lynx won 66-64.] You've got to expect that coming into a series with a team that is as defensive-minded as they are.

"The second game was a little bit different [Lynx won 86-79] where they actually got off and made 11 three-pointers. So we have to be able to defend the three-point line as well as come down and execute on the offensive end. But it is going to be tough because of their defensive schemes."

Augustus had eight points in that second game. Maya Moore made six threes for the Lynx and had 29 points.

In their third meeting this season, Augustus said the Lynx will have to take care of the ball. "[The Fever] are known for getting deflections and turning those steals and turnovers into easy points," Augustus said. "Defending without fouling as well. Offensively knowing what we need to do, where we need to get the ball. Try to attack in the post and try to put the pressure on them early."

All the Fever need to do is glance at the Lynx's home record to realize the task ahead of them. The Lynx are 19-1 at home, counting three playoff wins. Only Connecticut has won at Target Center, and Indiana eliminated the Sun 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We are going to be ready" for Indiana, Augustus said.

AUGUSTUS HOPES TAJ STAYS

Augustus, on what she would say to Taj McWilliams-Franklin to convince her to come back another season: "I don't think I would have to say much. Two-time Western Conference champs. In the Finals this year., You won a WNBA championship with us. Why not come back and share another experience with us?"

Augustus said she does not know what McWilliams-Franklin will do. "She hasn't told us that she wasn't going to be here," Augustus said, "so I would assume she will [be],"

 

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