Somewhere on Tuesday afternoon, there were a lot of empty classrooms. Many of their normal occupants were at the Lynx game, screaming during T-shirt giveaways, laughing at mascot Prowl and sitting either in the stands or courtside on the floor at Concordia University in St. Paul.
A sellout crowd of 2,055 -- at least 75 percent kids -- packed Gangelhoff Center for the Lynx's exhibition opener against the Indiana Fever.
The Lynx rallied for a 71-66 victory. The kids appreciated the music, the games during timeouts and the flashy plays.
The adults and media came to see rookie Maya Moore, the wonder woman from Connecticut, but left talking just as much about another Lynx rookie. Amber Harris, a 6-5 forward from Xavier scored 10 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds in a little under 16 minutes.
As for Moore, she had statistics very un-Maya like in her first game as a professional athlete: four points, five rebounds, three assists and one block. The 6-foot forward was only 2-for-8 from the field, committed four fouls and had three turnovers in 22-plus minutes.
The Lynx would still take Moore with the No. 1 pick in this year's WNBA draft.
"Even though she didn't shoot the ball well, she didn't score that much, I thought she played well," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. "She plays so hard. She makes great basketball plays just out of freelance."
Moore's three passes for assists, for example, were all memorable. One was a deft touch pass as the middle woman on a fastbreak. Another was a long laser covering more than half the court. The third found a seam inside to Harris.
The strong play of Harris, the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, surprised Reeve. "She had not done that in practice," Reeve said. "Apparently Amber Harris is a gamer. I was really happy with her. And for her it was rewarding.
"Again it has been a challenging six or seven days for her. Of those days, she had one good practice. So to see her do that [Tuesday], No. 1, it was good for her teammates to see what her skill level is."
"Maya said I need to be an all-timer," Harris said. "So I am going to have to try that and be a practice person, too."
Helping Harris control the boards against the Fever by a 44-33 margin was 6-2 veteran forward Rebekkah Brunson, who had eight rebounds. Brunson also had a team-high 11 points.
The Fever took an early 17-6 lead but it shriveled to 38-33 by halftime. A 9-2 run by the Lynx in the middle of the third quarter put the home team ahead to stay at 48-45.
"They are very deep, they are very talented," Fever coach Lin Dunn said. "When you have had as many first-round picks as they have -- and first picks -- you know they are going to be good. "