The WNBA's coach of the month award is new this year. And it's fitting that Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve won the first one, after leading the Lynx to a 6-0 record in May.
Actually, the Lynx have pretty much owned May for years now. Minnesota has won 23 straight games in may dating back to the 2012 season. Quick starts have become the norm for the Lynx, who will put their 6-0 record on the line in Seattle Saturday against a Storm team that has won four straight games since a season-opening loss.
The Lynx were 5-0 in May in 2012, 6-0 in 2014, 6-0 in 2016 and 6-0 this year.
Reeve was last season's WNBA coach of the year.
Meanwhile, to nobody’s surprise, Lynx center Sylvia Fowles was named the Western Conference player of the Month after winning consecutive player of the week awards.
It is the sixth such award in Fowles’ career, the first time with the Lynx. Fowles is the only player to rank in the top ten in scoring (20.0, sixth), rebounding (10.7, second), steals (2.0, second), blocks (2.3, second) and shooting percentage (61.1, second).
It is the 12th time a Lynx player has won player of the month honors.
Atlanta forward Tiffany Hayes was named player of the month in the Eastern Conference.