Lynx roar back to rout short-handed Wings, 93-56

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Lynx were back on the prowl Saturday night, crushing the Dallas Wings, 93-56.

Minnesota was without starting guard Seimone Augustus for the second consecutive game, with knee soreness, and Dallas was was missing two of their first five with injuries. But the hosts, who lost to the Sun in overtime two days ago, snapped back to dominate the visitors.

Four minutes into the opening period, a Courtney Paris layup gave the Wings a three-point advantage. It wound up being the final time they had control for the remainder of the contest, as Minnesota took the lead shortly thereafter and never looked back. They stretched the margin to as many as 46 points in the final quarter.

Lindsay Whalen lead five Lynx players in double figures with 22 points.

“I just told the team how much I appreciated their passion that they unloaded in the game today,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “From start to finish, that was the mission not just to be good or good enough for today, but to be great. I thought that we really took that messaging and applied it in just about every facet of the game.”

Before the game, Whalen emphasized the need for her team to be aggressive.

“I think all day we were talking about coming out and being aggressive,” she said. “We knew we could get in the lane if we were persistent and we’re all pretty upset about how things ended the other night in Connecticut, so we knew that was over, but yet you want to refocus and play even better tonight and we all did that.”

It was a total team effort for the Lynx, as eight of 10 active players scored.

Wings point guard Erin Phillips, who netted nine points, said playing at a packed Target Center was a challenge.

“It’s pretty much a hostile environment to play in front of them,” she said. “They have a great fan base and makes for every team that comes in here a tough opponent. It’s tough to come off of a back-to- back you know we are pretty deflated losing in overtime last night and just you know couldn’t bounce back in just under 24 hours.”

The 16-4 Lynx will now travel to San Antonio to take on the Stars. They previously defeated San Antonio 91-68 July 2 at Target Center.