Lynx come through in clutch to top Chicago, win 11th straight

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 8, 2014 - 6:44 AM

Maya Moore hit a key late shot that helped the Lynx extend their winning streak to 11.

 

Unable to hit an open jump shot late in the close game, Lynx forward Maya Moore remained undeterred when a second chance came.

Moore’s 15-footer off a loose-ball scramble as the shot clock was running down provided a one-point lead the Lynx never relinquished against Chicago. Their 74-64 victory Thursday at Target Center in front of an announced crowd of 9,222 boosted the Lynx’s winning streak to a season-best 11 games.

“I saw the ball got loose, and I grabbed it,” Moore said. “I knew the shot clock was running down but I was not going to give up. I’m glad it rolled right in there.”

Late-game flare didn’t improve Minnesota’s place in the Western Conference standings, however. Phoenix maintained a 1 ½-game lead with an overtime victory Thursday at San Antonio.

Thursday’s results set up a tantalizing matchup as defending WNBA champion Minnesota plays Saturday night at Phoenix. The teams last met on July 31, a 75-67 Lynx victory that stopped the Mercury’s 16-game winning streak, the second longest in WNBA history.

Lynx center Janel McCarville said her team did not look past Chicago: “You know what’s coming, but Chicago is what we had in our sights.”

The Lynx held the Sky to its lowest first-half point total of the season. Defense played a role, but Minnesota’s 30-24 halftime advantage also reflected inconsistent play by both teams. Chicago, riding a three-game winning streak, shot only 24.4 percent the first 20 minutes; the Lynx grabbed only one offensive rebound.

Sky coach Pokey Chatman said she remained “pleased with the tale of the first half. The shots we were getting were quality shots.”

Chicago’s shots fell after halftime, most notably when the ball left guard Epiphanny Prince’s hands. She scored eight consecutive Sky points en route to 11 of her team’s 22 in the third quarter and validated pregame concerns about her from Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.

Taking a 46-44 edge into the fourth quarter, Chicago ran into another player with a hot hand. Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen scored six consecutive points to give Minnesota a 52-50 lead.

The teams traded punches from there, tying the score three times.

Moore’s desperation shot made the score 65-64 with 1:18 left and stood as the appropriate answer to Chicago’s determination. But the grind-it-out game asked more of its participants.

Sky guard Allie Quigley, who led all scorers with 20 points, drove for a layup but the ball did not fall. The missed opportunity was magnified by Minnesota’s 11-0 run to close the game.

“We just crumbled,” Quigley said. “Against that team, you can’t play anything less than 40 minutes.”

Then Whalen steadied a teetering Lynx possession by hitting a 12-foot jumper for a 67-64 lead with 38.2 seconds to play.

“The play breaks down and it’s just chaos and all of a sudden you have the ball and you catch and shoot and don’t think,” Reeve said. “Maya made one and Whalen made one that were back-breakers for them.”

  • related content

  • Dupree, Mercury edge Stars in overtime

    Friday August 8, 2014

  • BOXSCORE: Lynx 74, Chicago 64

    Thursday August 7, 2014

  • Postgame: Reeve knows 'not our best game but a win nonetheless'

    Thursday August 7, 2014

    Minnesota defeated Chicago 74-64 on Thursday at Target Center in a game much close than the final score would indicate.

  • WNBA Western Conference race

    Thursday August 7, 2014

    West raceThe Lynx are trying to win their fourth consecutive Western Conference regular-season title:W L GB L10Phoenix 25 4 — 9-1Lynx 24 6 1½ 10-0Games left: Lynx 4 (2 home, 2...

  • Minnesota Lynx forward Devereaux Peters (14) goes up for a rebound with forward Maya Moore, center, and Chicago Sky forward Tamera Young, right, in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

  • Guard Lindsay Whalen celebrated late in the second half as the Lynx scored the final 11 points to pull away from the Chicago Sky.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Texas - WP: N. Martinez 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 2
Boston - LP: B. Workman 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 3
Toronto - LP: A. Sanchez 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: D. Robertson 3
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: B. Hand 2
Los Angeles - WP: P. Rodriguez 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: N. Ramirez 4
Cleveland - WP: K. Crockett 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Deduno 1
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: S. Freeman 3
Arizona - LP: A. Reed 6 FINAL
Colorado - WP: L. Hawkins 7
Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick 3 FINAL
San Diego - WP: R. Erlin 7
Seattle - WP: T. Wilhelmsen 3 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: K. Jepsen 1
Tampa Bay 14 FINAL
Atlanta 56
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 20 FINAL
(20) Kansas State 14
Connecticut 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Toronto 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close