Minneapolis, Minn. The Minnesota Lynx snapped a three-game losing streak in emphatic fashion Saturday, routing the San Antonio Stars, 91-68.
Natasha Howard posted a career-high 21 points on 64 percent shooting to lead the defending champs out of an inexplicable skid that began a week ago Friday. Ten on the Minnesota roster scored at least one basket in a balanced team attack where they never trailed.
“It was the response we were hoping for,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “I just feel fortunate to be around our leaders every day: Lindsay [Whalen], Seimone [Augustus], Maya [Moore] and Rebekkah [Brunson]. They’re really special people and they navigate us through good times and bad. It was their leadership – what you see displayed today.”
Howard said the team’s focus was ending the losing streak.
“In the season, there’s ups and downs no matter what – it’s part of the game,” she said. “We came out and we made sure we weren’t going to lose tonight, so we played Lynx basketball.”
Brunson, who chipped in with 8 points to go along with a team high 12 rebounds, attributed the win to their defense.
“It started with our defense, getting in position and playing the way we want to play defensively to get us going offensively,” she said. “We did that. We had a couple good days of practice to go over some things and implement some new things to get us prepared, but I think everybody was really hungry.”
Minnesota held the Stars to just 33 percent shooting, and with that the Lynx have now won 28 consecutive contests when they hold the opposition below 40 percent.
Moriah Jefferson notched 10 points for the Stars. Playing against the Lynx for the first time, she was impressed by the fans at Target Center.
“It’s tough. They’re an amazing team and then you come in here and hear the crowd and atmosphere, it’s tough to play in here and they did a good job all around knocking down shots and out hustling us in every aspect of the game,” she said. “So, when that happens, you’re not going to win.”
The Lynx continue their home stand Tuesday, as they take on the Chicago Sky.