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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Lynx coach Reeve stewing over loss until Sunday's tip-off

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 21, 2012 - 12:19 PM

“It’s no question we saw things that have to be fixed to be competitive in Game 4," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said on Saturday.

"We have all done this for a long time. You win games, you lose games, and you figure out how to put it behind you. The best way, for me as a coach, is to watch the video and take action steps from there.

"Players are resilient; they have short-term memories which are great. Coaches, we will stew about it until the ball gets tipped up and we have something else to think about.”

The tip-off it set for about 7:05 p.m. Sunday -- Minneapolis time.

"They don’t want to come back to Minnesota," Reeve said. "That’s one of the first things out of [Fever coach Lin Dunn's] mouth. We are going to do our best to bring them back to Minnesota.”

The Lynx were 16-1 during regular-season at Target Center, losing only to Connecticut. And, in the playoffs, they are 4-1 at home, losing only Game 1 to Indiana. Add that up, that's 20-2.

“I feel blessed to walk in [Saturday] morning and be in front of the players that I have," Reeve said. "[We have] great leadership, great resolve, tremendous players. I like our chances.”

PRESSURE ON BOTH TEAMS

"We’ve got the obvious pressure: if we don’t play these next 40 minutes as best we can, our season is over," Lynx guard Seimone Augustus said. "And for them, being in this situation in 2009 [up 2-1 against Phoenix in the Finals and losing] and being in a similar situation now, to have to relive that would be disappointing for them.

“I don’t like being in that situation," Augustus said, referring to being down 2-1 in the best-of-five Finals. "I’d rather be up right now in the series instead of being down one game to two; but we’re going to play it out, give it everything we have and try to bring it back to Minnesota.”
 

 

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