Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve came away from Friday’s loss in Chicago more impressed with how the Sky played than upset with the way her team had played.
“It was a well-played game,” Reeve said. “They played really well. Their superstars had a supporting case that played really well.’’
That said, Reeve isn’t used to seeing the other team close out a game in the final minutes. That’s usually something the Lynx do. But a few bad offensive possessions was all it took for the Sky to pull away.
Still, perhaps the best thing to come out of the game was the play of Maya Moore. She made just four of her franchise-record 14 three-point tries. But her play went to another level. She scored a season-high 29 points, 25 in the second half. She had 10 rebounds, six assists and a block.
And her play will, again, likely be a key in Sunday’s game against San Antonio.
The Stars are 0-6 on the road and just have just three victories overall. But, even in the face of injuries, the team has been playing better. Leading the way is Sophia Young-Malcolm, who has played very, very well since moving to the small forward spot.
She and Moore will likely go at it at both ends of the court much of the game.
Young-Malcolm, who scored a season-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting in San Antonio’s loss in Indiana Friday, is more of a post player. Moore, who has scored 21 or more points in three straight games, likes to face up the basket. So both figure to be difficult covers for the other in Sunday’s game. It will be interesting to see who wins the battle.
Here are some other items heading into Sunday’s game:
--The one regret Reeve might have about Friday is not playing veteran center Asjha Jones more than 15 minutes. She stuck with her recent rotation of getting Damiris Dantas into the game early. Problem was Dantas struggled and Reeve, in hindsight, thinks Jones might have benefited from the mid-range shots the Sky were giving up.
--Reeve said Anna Cruz looked good in her debut with the team, providing some flow to the offense. Cruz scored six of the 10 points the Lynx bench produced Friday. I think you can expect Cruz’s contribution to grow as she gets more comfortable.
--Here’s a bit more on Moore from Reeve: “I loved her demeanor last night,” she said. “Her focus. She looked pretty determined. I think she’s feeling good.’’
That’s about it. I’ll be at the game Sunday and will blog after it’s over. Have a good weekend.