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The Lynx played their best game in a very long time in a long time in crushing Dallas on Tuesday. Can they play as well in games against first-place Las Vegas tonight and Sunday?
Tuesday's 92-64 victory was well in hand when the team turned its focus to making sure Moriah Jefferson knew she was on the verge of making team history.
Over the past six games, the Lynx rank second in the WNBA in offensive rating at 109.2. But they've only won two of them as a long homestand begins tonight at Target Center.
The Lynx made nearly 60% of their shots, hit 38% of their three-pointers and rallied from 11 points down. But Courtney Vandersloot's three-pointer sent them to another loss.
Title IX's 50th anniversary is an opportunity to challenge current thinking and continue the fight for fairness in sports.
The Lynx used a 20-2 run from late in the first quarter into the second to take the lead for good, leading by as many as 16.
A'ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart, Brittney Griner among other players chosen for the midsummer classic.
After falling behind by 11 after the first quarter, the Lynx outscored Phoenix 73-49 the rest of the way to break a five-game losing streak.
After playing a strong first half, the Lynx were overtaken by Las Vegas. Jessica Shepard had career highs in points and rebounds, but owned up to a key mistake at the end of the game.
While Lynx fans might want the team to tank for Paige Bueckers given their current record, WNBA draft lottery rule changes from 2015 make success unlikely.
The Gophers will play five Big Ten teams twice, including Wisconsin, but just one game against Iowa.
After taking an 11-point lead in the first half, Minnesota couldn't hold on — losing its fourth game in a row and staying at the bottom of the WNBA standings.
The quartet of Minnesota natives started summer workouts and spoke about creating a team culture that inspires future Minnesotans to play for the U.
Angelina Hammond, a 5-11 guard, was a three-time all-conference selection at Hopkins. Minnesota will be her fourth college.
The Lynx's game with Indiana on Sunday at Target Center began with yet another starter injured. It ended with them 12th in the league after a loss to the 11th-place Fever.
Playing without injured center Sylvia Fowles, the Lynx fell behind 8-0 to start Friday's game against the Mystics and struggled throughout, shooting 32.8% in a 17-point loss.
Fowles aggravated a right knee injury during Tuesday's loss in New York and will miss tonight's game at Target Center. She could be out for a week or two.
The former Red Raiders star was a three-time WNBA champion as a player, including being a part of the 2017 Lynx championship team.
Reeve was a 5-year-old kid playing baseball with the boys because there was no girls' softball to be found. That was life 50 years ago when President Richard Nixon signed Title IX into law.
Twenty points from Kayla McBride and 20 rebounds from Sylvia Fowles weren't enough to overcome 26 as the Lynx fell to the worst record in the WNBA.
Coach Chris Finch and Tim Connelly have known each other for years, and Connelly, the team's new president of basketball operation, says of Finch, "The trust is already there. I think the mind-set is already there."
The Lynx honored former star Seimone Augustus by retiring her jersey, then battled back from a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score late — only to lose on Nneka Ogwumike's put-back of her own miss with 7.3 seconds left.
Former star Seimone Augustus, the face of the franchise as the Lynx won four WNBA titles in seven seasons, will have her number retired before Sunday's game against Los Angeles.
The Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA Rookie of the Year hopes to return to the team this season.
Down by eight points early in the fourth quarter, two things happened: Minnesota dug in and defended. And then Kayla McBride and Aerial Powers got aggressive.
"I have a 7-year-old who goes to school,'' Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said before Tuesday's game. "And I said to my wife, 'it's not if, it's when.' And it's nonsensical."
The ceremony for Augustus will be Sunday, the one for Brunson on July 3.
Coach Cheryl Reeve prepared for tonight game against the New York Liberty by trying to help her players regain their defensive passion.
Ahead by two at halftime, the Lynx allowed Dallas to take over. The Wings were up by 15 to start the fourth quarter and cruised to victory.
Marwan Miller comes to Minnesota after six years at Ohio University. The Gophers also added a center who grew up in France and got a verbal commitment for 2023 from a Maple Grove star.
Kayla McBride's return and Moriah Jefferson's arrival give the Lynx another dimension as they won their first game of the season. They play first-place Las Vegas tonight.
Kayla McBride (24 points including the game-winning bucket) and Sylvia Fowles (20 points, 12 rebounds) led the way in L.A., putting the Lynx in the win column.
Veteran guard Kayla McBride joined the team in Los Angeles, where it hoped to win its first game of the season.
The veteran guard completed her season in Turkey over the weekend and will try to help the Lynx with their first game of the season on Tuesday.
Having recovered from knee surgery, forward Jessica Shepard is off to a strong start this season.
Newly acquired Moriah Jefferson ran the offense smartly, and Aerial Powers, stuck in a shooting slump, scored 11 points with nine rebounds. But a balanced Chicago lineup was too much.
The team signed former UConn standout Moriah Jefferson after realizing that the veterans they had surrounded Sylvia Fowles with were not going to work out.
The Lynx announced they have bought out veteran Angel McCoughtry's contract, waived guard Odyssey Sims and released three others. More moves will need to be made.
Angel McCoughtry played less than seven minutes and Aerial Powers sat more than she played as the Lynx lost to a rookie-filled team that won only six games last season.
The Lynx were outscored 29-6 over the final 12-plus minutes of the first half by Washington, which was playing without star Elena Delle Donne.
Tied at the half, Seattle opened the third quarter on an 18-2 run and never looked back against a disjointed Lynx team.
The Lynx open the season tonight in Seattle with the goal of competing for another title, a goal that honors the career of retiring superstar Sylvia Fowles.
Seattle, Chicago and Connecticut could all make a serious challenge for the WNBA title in 2022.
Yvonne Turner and Nikolina Milic will join the team in Seattle.
There's extra incentive for Lynx star Napheesa Collier to return to the team this season after her baby is born: A final chance to play with superstar Sylvia Fowles.
Is Minnesota a playoff contender or pretender? Here is what has to work to make the Lynx a team with a title chance.
Training camp ended on Wednesday as the team prepares for its first game of the season in Seattle.
The Lynx might have to wait a while for Collier to return this summer. But she'll be with the team long-term.
A number of the reserve players who finished Sunday's 89-86 preseason victory over Las Vegas are fighting for a few spots. But can their performance land them on a crowded roster?
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is looking for more than just scoring and rebounding from Powers, who signed as a free agent last year and was sidelined by injury for a chunk of it.
Taylor Heise won the Patty Kazmaier Award this past season, which goes to the nation's top player.
Memphis, as it did often in the first-round playoff series, dominated the fourth quarter Friday night against the Timberwolves.
Third-year point guard Crystal Dangerfield arrived from Israel on Tuesday but expects to play in an exhibition game Sunday.
The guard scored a combined 30 points in Games 1 and 2, but only 19 points in Games 3 through 5 in the series with the Grizzlies.
Taylor Jenkins was fined $15,000 after saying it was "one of the most poorly officiated games I've ever seen in my NBA career.''
Natalie Achonwa is back to full health after dealing with lingering effects from last year's MCL sprain.
Grizzlies All-Star Ja Morant shot 4-for-13 on Saturday night, struggling against the Timberwolves' "high wall" defensive strategy.
Rachel Banham has bounced between shooting guard and point until this season, where the Lynx have given the former Gophers star a "clear path."
Players like Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke and Tyus Jones "deserve more respect," Ja Morant says of teammates.
A strong offensive season in 2020 was followed by a strong defensive season in 2021. Now, Bridget Carleton is seeking both in 2022.
Oberg was rated among the nation's top recruits when she picked Arkansas out of high school, and now she's coming back to Minnesota.
Angel McCoughtry and Layshia Clarendon returned from injuries, while Crystal Dangerfield, Kayla McBride and Jessica Shepard will arrive late due to overseas play.
Short of players and fitness, last year's team sank, then regrouped. Cheryl Reeve plans no repeat of the sinking.
The list includes five rookies and two players, Sylvia Fowles and Angel McCoughtry, with more than a decade in the WNBA.
Thibault-DuDonis played an instrumental role on Lindsay Whalen's Gophers women's basketball staff for four seasons, including handling recruiting.
Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard went No. 1 overall to Atlanta while the Lynx drafted N.C. State's Kayla Jones and former Rogers and South Dakota star Hannah Sjerven.
The Lynx drafted Kayla Jones in the second round and Hannah Sjerven in the third.
Scalia, who had been in the NCAA transfer portal, is one of three key transfers the Hoosiers added over the weekend. She was Minnesota's leading scorer last season.
The team picked up 2023 first- and second-round picks from Las Vegas but no longer has a first-round selection for this year.
Coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve has four picks to play with and an overfull roster to balance.
Here's what you need to know ahead of Monday's WNBA draft.
The Gophers women's basketball team is down to three holdover players, and coach Lindsay Whalen vows to better identify players who fit in — both with their skill and their approach.
Star forward Aliyah Boston said another championship is next year's goal, but coach Dawn Staley isn't ready to compare her program to UConn, with its 11 titles.
The Gamecocks started the season as the No. 1 team in women's basketball, held that ranking all season and show off their excellent with a dominate performance Sunday night at Target Center.
Two coaches who have won titles, the game's No. 1 players for the past two seasons and two marquee names — UConn and South Carolina — meet tonight at Target Center for the women's Final Four championship.