Lynx struggle early but still find a way to beat Indiana

Maya Moore scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half to help the Lynx secure the victory.

view larger photos

  

It was the kind of game you might expect out of a team playing for the sixth time in 10 nights, a group that hasn’t had a practice in almost two weeks.

The Lynx struggled to make layups. They struggled with turnovers. At times, they even struggled mightily just to inbound the ball.

Oh: And they also won.

The Lynx beat Indiana 83-77 at Target Center on Sunday night despite getting one more offensive rebound, as coach Cheryl Reeve is fond of saying, than a dead man. Despite 19 turnovers. Despite making only two three-pointers all night.

All that did was make it a bit more dramatic than it needed to be.

“By whatever means necessary,” Reeve said after the game. That’s also what guard Lindsay Whalen said to Reeve, on the court, as the game was coming to a close. The Lynx (11-4) have battled through a tough stretch and ended it with two consecutive victories, the exclamation point Reeve was hoping for.

Maya Moore scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half, 11 of those in the crucial fourth quarter. That included a putback with 3 minutes, 59 seconds left — the team’s only offensive rebound of the game — and a three-pointer with 1:58 left that pushed the lead back to five. Whalen had 16 points and five assists and Seimone Augustus had 16 points for the Lynx, who will have four much-needed days off before their next game.

“Indiana is such a tough team,” said Whalen, who had only six points and five turnovers in the first half, which ended with the Fever up six after a 12-0 run to end the half. “They challenge you. You basically have to make one more play on offense and one more play on defense than you are accustomed to. On every possession you have to go one more.’’

That’s why this was a tight game even though the Lynx shot 57.4 percent to Indiana’s 37.1. The Fever got second-chance points, hit nine three pointers. And they caused a lot of turnovers. Especially in the first half. The Lynx had used a 10-0 run to go up by 11 with 6:26 left in the half. But Indiana proceeded to outscore Minnesota 23-6 over the next 6-plus minutes, a stretch rife with Lynx turnovers and Fever three-pointers.

“We had a heart-to-heart at halftime,” Reeve said. “They had 10 steals at halftime and we had 13 turnovers. I told them that we’re shooting 60 percent. If we handle the ball, we’ll get more opportunities.”

They did. Moore had eight points and Augustus seven in the third quarter, which ended with the Lynx up two. The score was tied four times in the fourth, but the Lynx never trailed again. Whalen’s two free throws midway through the quarter put the Lynx up for the last time. Devereaux Peters’ jumper with 2:49 left made it a five-point game and Tan White’s two free throws with 30.9 seconds left pushed the league to seven.

By whatever means necessary. Ultimately the Lynx played very good defense and did just enough of everything else to beat the Fever (6-6). So, through 15 games, in the face of injuries and a rather nasty schedule, the Lynx have won 11. Now they play seven of their next 10 games at home, where they are 5-1.

“Sometimes you have to do it a little differently,” Moore said. “It’s not always going to be pretty. But we always believe, when we’re on the court, that there is a chance. We just kept going.”



 

  • LYNX 83, INDIANA 77 • Up next: 9 p.m. Friday at Seattle • no TV (106.1-FM)

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Diego 21 FINAL
Denver 35
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Indiana 88 FINAL
Charlotte 79
Philadelphia 103 FINAL
Detroit 109
Dallas 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
NY Islanders 3 FINAL
Boston 2
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 4
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
Chicago 2 FINAL
Nashville 3
Arizona 0 FINAL
Minnesota 2
Carolina 0 FINAL
Calgary 5
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Columbus 5 FINAL
San Jose 4
Connecticut 21 FINAL
(18) East Carolina 31
Miami-Florida 30 FINAL
Virginia Tech 6
So Florida 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
(2) Florida State 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Louisville
Troy 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
Montreal 5:30 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8:30 PM
Calgary
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close