Lynx blow out San Antonio

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 3, 2013 - 8:38 AM

The Lynx rolled over San Antonio for their eighth victory in a row but are hardly satisfied.

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Behind the microphone postgame, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talked about all the things her team needed to work on, as if watching the tape of Friday’s 85-63 victory over San Antonio at Target Center was going to be difficult.

In the locker room, the same story. Lindsay Whalen talked about how the defense hadn’t been quite quick enough. Seimone Augustus talked about tweaking the offense.

And this team, at 15-3, has the WNBA’s best record.

It has won eight consecutive games, the league’s best streak this season. It has won 17 in a row at home dating to last season, a franchise-best and the fourth-longest such streak in league history. Friday marked the seventh time in a row the Lynx have beaten the Silver Stars who, at 6-12, are grinding through a difficult season beset with injuries.

“Everybody says, ‘What do you have to work on?’ ” Reeve said, acting as though the question was preposterous. “There is a ton we have to work on. … We played in spurts. We feel we have to play better, for sure. But in the end, statistically, we had a pretty good game.’’

Guess so.

Defense? All the Lynx did was hold San Antonio to 34.2 percent shooting, the lowest total by a Lynx opponent this season; it was the 12th time the Lynx have held a team under 40 percent this season. Shameka Christon led the Silver Stars with 15 points, Danielle Robinson had 12.

Offense? Minnesota shot 53.5 percent, got 18 points from Augustus, 16 points, six rebounds and four assists from Maya Moore and 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds from Whalen on a night when they were presented with rings commemorating their 2012 Olympic gold medals before the game.

Maybe the mind-set Reeve and her team works with is why the Lynx were able to come off a nine-day All-Star Game break and win going away.

“Trying to achieve greatness, like this team does, they make it look easy,” Reeve said. “But it’s a lot of work. And it’s a lot of mental preparation.’’

And a lot of execution, despite what the Lynx might have been saying.

Up by just three late in the first half, baskets by Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson gave the Lynx a six-point halftime lead. Then Minnesota held San Antonio to nine points on 4-for-20 shooting in the third quarter as that lead grew to 14.

By the end of the game, it was just another double-digit victory for the Lynx, who have won by an average of 15.9 points during their eight-game winning streak. While going 9-0 at home this season, the Lynx have won by an average of 19.1 points.

So, clearly, there is a lot of work to do.

“Always,” said Augustus. “You can never get satisfied. At this point in the season we have to take it up a notch, prepare for the playoffs. We still have things we need to tweak on the offensive end, as far as getting the right shots — how we want ’em and when we want ‘em.’’

Guess they’ll just have to keep on working to improve.

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