Minneapolis, Minn. – The magic number sits at one.
Following Sunday’s 93-79 win over the Connecticut Sun, the Lynx are one victory away from securing a first-round bye in the 2016 playoffs.
Minnesota Coach Cheryl Reeve praised her team’s defensive efforts. In a game where they recorded twelve steals, the Lynx were able to notch 19 points following eighteen Sun turnovers.
“I thought that we were really persistent in about places that we said Connecticut could go and then also places that we said, you’re not going to go”, Reeve said. “I just told our team that we just beat a really good team that’s feeling great about themselves.”
“Over their last 12 games, I think they’re 8-4. If it went on the last 12 games, they’d be top three in the league. So that was a game we had to put a lot of attention and energy into to be successful. I told the team I appreciated how much effort they put into executing the game plan.”
Following a first quarter the ended in a 21-point tie, Minnesota was able to distance themselves in the second and third quarter and never looked back. Maya Moore scored a team-high 24 points with Sylvia Fowles notching 18 to go along with eight rebounds.
“We’ve got our groove back,” Fowles said. “I don’t know where it went, but it wasn’t flowing like it was these past few games, but tonight I definitely think we made a statement against Connecticut.”
The Connecticut effort was led by Alex Bentley and Jonquel Jones, who scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Jones, who also contributed with eleven rebounds is solely focused on trying to win games.
“I don’t really know what the numbers were”, said Jones, following her second career double-double. “I just wanted to play really hard. It’s good to put up those numbers, but it’s even better to win. That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”
The Lynx will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Sparks on Tuesday.