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Also, Layshia Clarendon's contract has expired, but is likely to return to the team on Saturday.
Seimone Augustus on Saturday makes an emotional return to Target Center as a Sparks assistant coach.
Tina Charles scored 31 points to lead the Mystics, who used a 21-2 third-quarter run to take control. The Lynx committed 21 turnovers.
The Lynx, once 0-4 this season, scored the first 13 points of Sunday's game and went on to crush Atlanta 100-80.
The teams meet for the second time in three days at Target Center.
Her coach still hates to sit Sylvia Fowles, even at 35.
Napheesa Collier's 26-point night included two important ones at the end, from the line with 1.5 seconds left to seal a home victory.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve hopes the victory over Connecticut wasn't a one-game desperation-based anomaly in a young season that has seen some porous defense.
Lynx guard Kayla McBride walked away from basketball once, citing taking care of her own mental health.
Layshia Clarendon, officially signed Sunday, scored 12 points, including five in overtime.
Powers has a hamstring injury that is expected to keep her from playing for more than a week.
The Lynx were ahead of their time in 2016 when the team's captains stood up for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of Philando Castile.
All-Star forward Napheesa Collier is back from her overseas season - and mandatory quarantine - and took part in her first Lynx practice Saturday.
The 5-11 guard played two seasons at Seton Hall and two at North Carolina A&T.
The Lynx led by 19 points in the second quarter and 14 with about nine minutes remaining before being overwhelmed by the defending WNBA champions.
The winless Lynx are battling issues at both ends of the court - not to mention missing players - that have contributed to their defeats.
Sabrina Ionescu picked up her first WNBA triple-double for New York, and the Lynx dropped to 0-2 for the first time since Cheryl Reeve took over prior to the 2010 season and for the first time since 2007.
Shimmy Gray-Miller has 20 years of experience, including eight as head coach at St. Louis University.
Cheryl Reeve admitted she didn't utilize her bench as much as she should have in the season opener.
Season-ending interviews can be a bit stale. But Anthony Edwards turned up the volume when talking about what he expects next season.
Coach Cheryl Reeve said Napheesa Collier would have to have six consecutive negative COVID-19 tests before being allowed to play.
Home team made it close despite missing a key player and a late addition.
A clock malfunction caused a 12-minute delay after the game-winning shot, but the Lynx contributed their share of errors to the opening-night loss.
The team's top free-agent signing was cleared to play in the opener against Phoenix.
During camp this season so much attention has been paid to the addition of Kayla McBride, Aerial Powers and Natalie Achonwa that Damiris Dantas kind of slipped through the cracks.
McBride led her team in Turkey to the league title, and she was the playoffs MVP.
Center Sylvia Fowles is healthy again, and coach Cheryl Reeve has surrounded her with more and better long-range shooters.
On a team that added three key players as free agents, don't be surprised to see the Lynx give bench players more minutes because of a deeper roster.
Minnesota wins despite being without three, or perhaps four, of its starters
The event, which matches top amateurs from both sides of the Atlantic has a history of producing star players, including 2021 Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris.
After filling up the stat sheet on Wednesday against Memphis, 19-year-old Anthony Edwards has reached rare company but doesn't care what anybody thinks about it.
The former UCLA standout played the past two seasons in Russia.
The offensive creativity Rachel Banham showed during her U years is encouraged by Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.
Twenty-two of the team's 32 games will be available on a television format, with local broadcasts yet to be announced.
Jessica Shepard was a slick-passing forward who was making her mark until tearing the ACL in her right knee on June 8, 2019, against Los Angeles in her sixth WNBA game.
Aerial Powers adds an energy to the game that is contagious.
After starting the season as a fringe player, 6-1 Bridget Carleton played 25.8 minutes per game, made 52% of her shots overall, 45.7 % of her three-pointers while averaging 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Game-changing defense, teammate-enabling assists, and more rebounding despite being only 5-foot-5 are things coach Cheryl Reeve wants from Crystal Dangerfield.
Cheryl Reeve said the Lynx take a player's transfer history into account when vetting them for the WNBA Draft.
Overseas commitments for Napheesa Collier and Kayla McBride leave status for WNBA opener up in the air.
The Jazz, having again failed wo beat the Wolves at home, will try again at Target Center.
Usually durable center Sylvia Fowles had to sit most of last season because of a calf injury.
The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft shined on defense, and his teammates fed off him.
The four-time WNBA champions open training camp on Sunday with three key new players and star center Sylvia Fowles healthy again.
The Timberwolves' bench play has improved of late, thanks to D'Angelo Russell's health and Naz Reid's numbers in April backing up Karl-Anthony Towns.
Danielle O'Banion was responsible for helping direct the Gophers defense, coaching post players and doing scouting reports. She's taking over a team that went winless last season.
For the 14th straight time this season Minnesota followed a win with a loss. "One too many mistakes,' Karl-Anthony Towns said.
A third-round pick by Atlanta last year, Mikayla Pivec opted out of the 2020 WNBA season.
Bradley Beal finished with 34 points vs. the Wolves, 17 coming in the third quarter, and Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in a 128-112 victory.
It's been less than a week since Chris Finch took over as Wolves coach, and it's been an unusual transition.
There are COVID-19 issues within the Minnesota program, the school announced, and the game scheduled for Sunday won't be made up.
Despite playing shorthanded yet again, the Gophers went on an 11-1 run to close vs. Nebraska and ended a two-game losing streak.
"There is no question she is physically and athletically as good as anyone in our conference," Gophers coach Lindsay Whalen said about Kari Sissoko
The new coach called his star center, who reaffirmed his commitment to the franchise before Sunday's firing.
Without much time to set up X's and O's, the new coach is ready to gauge players' skill sets, a process that begins tonight in Milwaukee.
Malik Beasley hit his 100th three of the season on Wednesday, in the team's 29th game. That's the fastest any Wolves player had gotten to 100 in a season.
After consecutive wins, a unique challenge awaits the Gophers on Wednesday night on the road. The Scarlet Knights press more than any team in the Big Ten.
The team gets only a second-round pick in return for the players and two draft picks in a salary cap-clearing move.
Against the taller, bigger Badgers, the Gophers' win seemed more grind-it-out than it did run-and-gun.
Mikiah Herbert Harrigan was taken by the Lynx out of South Carolina with the sixth pick in last year's draft.
The Gophers' 29-point lead early in third quarter shrunk to seven near the end of Wednesday night's home game, but they pulled out a win.
Gadiva Hubbard, Jasmine Powell and Sara Scalia are all either out or ailing with injuries.
The Gophers' inability to execute coming out of halftime cost them again in a 83-59 loss to the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon.
The center shot 12-for-21 from the field, but his tying attempt in the closing seconds missed the mark.
Minnesota was within nine points of the No. 11 ranked Buckeyes at halftime. But Ohio State dominated the third quarter and cruised to victory.
After tying a franchise record by giving up 83 first-half points, the Wolves lost by a basket, 120-118.
D'Angelo Russell has played in only five games with Karl-Anthony Towns since his arrival.
Natalie Achonwa, who will likely back up Sylvia Fowles, said she wanted to play for a coach as passionate — and vocal — as she is.
On the first day of free agency, they were already talking, across two continents: Cheryl Reeve in Minnesota, Kayla McBride in Turkey, where she was playing during the WNBA off-season.
The Timberwolves fell short in their effort to sweep a two-day, back-to-back series with the Cavaliers.
The All-Star center is on this five-game road trip that ends Feb. 8 at Dallas, so it would appear fans could see him before long.
The Lynx officially announced the signing of free agents Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa, and a third new player — Aerial Powers — will be joining them.
The Gophers were outscored by 20 points in the third quarter in a game had a similar feel to their earlier one against Iowa.
Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, in her third season, remains optimistic despite weathering some rocky moments.
Early MVP candidate Joel Embiid finished with 37 points and 11 rebounds Friday night at Target Center, making 16 of 18 free throws. He, along with most of the 76ers starters, did not play in the fourth quarter.