The Lynx won, but that was about the only thing coach Cheryl Reeve was happy about.
In a 70-61 victory over a Chicago Sky team Minnesota should have handled easily, Reeve wasn’t happy about her team’s shooting. She wasn’t happy about her teams lack of hustle and flow in a 26-point second half.
And she really wasn’t happy with the defensive rebounding.
The Lynx were out-rebounded Sunday, 44-39. More irritating, to Reeve, was the 15 offensive rebounds the Sky got. And she was really, really unhappy at halftime, after the Sky got 12 of them in the first two quarters.
“That can’t happen,’’ she said. “Not when, the last game you played in 2016, you lost the game on an offensive rebound.’’
She was referring to Game 5 of the 2016 WNBA finals, a loss to the L.A. Sparks.
“It ain’t gonna happen again,’’ Reeve said.
With that in mind, here are some notes from tonight’s game.
--You could say the only Lynx player who played well tonight was center Sylvia Fowles, who had 26 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. And Reeve even wanted more from her, especially in the defensive rebounding department.
--Reeve mentioned conditioning issues. The fact Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen all took the winter off from playing overseas is a good thing. But they showed some rust Sunday, and showed they might not have their WNBA legs yet. Moore went 5-for-19, 1-for-11 on three-pointers. Augustus was 3-for-10. Whalen was 3-for-9.
--All five starters were a plus-12 or better tonight. Each of the six reserves who played were minus-2 or worse. Reeve has said she thinks she has her best bench since coming to Minnesota in 2010. That bench didn’t show it tonight.
--On a night when the Lynx shot 37 percent (31 percent without Fowles), they did move the ball, getting 21 assists on 27 field goals made.
--The Lynx will take Monday off and resume practicing Tuesday. They play at New York Thursday in a nationally-televised game against the Liberty.