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 scatter around world after falling in WNBA Finals

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Lynx Updated: October 22, 2012 - 11:33 PM

Lynx players had exit interviews with coach Cheryl Reeve on Monday, the day after their season ended in Indianapolis, Ind.

Indiana beat the Lynx 3-1 in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. The Lynx, obviously, peaked at the wrong time. They were not at their best in these playoffs, going 5-4.

Reeve probably gave each of her 11 players something to work on during the offseason. Although a few probably won't be back, and most have a short offseason at best before joining their overseas teams.

Here is where the Lynx players are going:

* Point guard Lindsay Whalen will play in Turkey for Galatasaray. She, at least, can leave knowing she gave her best in the final game. After her only zero assist game of the season in Game 3 at Indiana, she can back with a vengeance in Game 4. She had 22 points and eight assists. Whalen repeatedly got around her defender and scored on drives to the basket and had several highlight passes to teammates.

* Shooting guard Seimone Augustus will play for  Sparta & K Moscow Region in Russia. Maybe there everybody won't ask her what happened in Games 3 and 4. After scoring 27 points in Game 2, Augustus had six and eight in the next two games. She was especially ineffective on Sunday, stating 0 for 7 from the field and finishing 3 for 21.

 * Forward Maya Moore will play for the Shangxu Xing Rui Flame in China. There are plenty of feet that need sneakers in China and Moore, after all, is tied to the Jordan Brand. If she can make a name for herself in the most populous country on earth, why not?

* Power forward Rebekkah Brunson was outrebounded by a no-name in the WNBA Finals, Erlana Larkins who was out of the league in 2010 and '11. But during the regular season she was a terror on the boards. She will play for USK Praha  in the Czech Republic. That's Whalen's former team. USK Praha decided to rebuild this season and decided it needed American posts, not guards.

* Monica Wright will play for a team in Australia. Hi, mate. ... She was the one reserve who made an impact in the WNBA Finals. She did it in Game, with five steals and disruptive pressure. She also has the quickness to get pass defenders to the basket.

* Rookie post Devereaux Peters will play for Le Mura Lucca in Italy. She showed flashes of talent, but the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft never got a chance to play on a consistent basis. That set her development back. The Lynx could have used a more polished Peters in the playoffs. She is still too prone to commit fouls and Reeve has a short hook with her at times.

* Amber Harris, the No. 4 pick in the 2011 draft, will play for Samsung Life Bichumi in South Korea. She is a 6-5 player that seems to prefer shooting outside. Not what the Lynx need.

* Jessica Adair, a backup post, will play for Halcon Avenida Salamanca in Spain. She was bothered by knee problems this season. Seems to have potential, but if she is not healthy can Lynx remain patient with her? Nope. Not after how this season ended.

* Taj McWilliams-Franklin will be an  assistant coach at Rice University. McWilliams-Franklin, as always, will decide in the offseason if she will return for a 15th WNBA season. She turned 42 on Saturday. Maybe Reeve gave a clue as to what she thinks after Sunday's loss. In a news conference, Reeve did not mention Mama Taj among the core group of players back. She mentioned the other four starters.

* Veteran guard Erin Thorn is not playing overseas. She joined the Lynx to win a WNBA title. That didn't happen and she barely played. Hard to figure.

* Guard Candice Wiggins is also not playing overseas. Her contract expired at the end of this season and it would not be surprising if she decided to sign with a team closer to home. She is from California. Wiggins was the Sixth Woman of the Year as a rookie in 2008, but her role on the team keeps shrinking. She played two minutes in Game 4.



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