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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Whalen says Lynx need to turn up heat on Fever in Game 4

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 20, 2012 - 10:42 PM

Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen knows what her team needs to do in Game 4 on Sunday. Have a more aggressive mindset and mentality.

"You wish you weren’t saying that in the Finals, that you have to get up there and be more intense and be more on the ball but we need to have that," Whalen said. "Good thing for us because we have another game [Sunday] night to come out here and do better."

After being routed by Indiana 76-59 on Friday in Game 3, the Lynx took a little solace from outscoring Indiana 21-6 in the final quarter.

“The fourth quarter we really turned things around," Whalen said. "Candice [Wiggins] did well, Erin [Thorn], [Devereaux Peters] really came in, Monica [Wright] gave us some great minutes and really turned things around for us. That was really good for us.”

Of course, a critic could say the game was over at that point, the winner determined.

Whalen was  2 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from the line for seven points. The league's peak performance award winner for assists -- she averaged 5.4 per game -- had zero assists and three turnovers.

This was the first time Whalen had zero assists in a game this season. She had one twice, in back-to-back games in May.


Teammate Maya Moore, the second-year forward, said it is always disappointing when the Lynx don't perform up to their potential.

"We’re going to stay confident and stay together," she said. "Out of all the games we’ve played this year that was probably one of the few games we were disconnected, both on the offensive end and on the defensive end. We just need to get back to who we are.”

"It is one game. We put ourselves in a position for an elimination game, but the season isn’t over. We still have an opportunity to win and all we’re thinking about is [Sunday].”

Moore was a non-factor in Game 3. Usually she fills up the stats column. But Friday, she only had eight points on 3 of 8 shooting, one rebound, one block, zero assists and zero steals versus four turnovers.



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