Minneapolis, Minn. – In the battle of former Connecticut Huskies, it was Maya Moore and her Lynx getting the better of Breanna Stewart and the Storm Friday, 79-72.
Moore led the charge for her team with 21 points and eight rebounds, and forward Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Fowles’ double-double was crucial for Minnesota.
“Offensively we were just okay. [Sylvia] was just outstanding”, Reeve said. “She carried us, she willed us. She had 10 deflections in the game of the 25 that we had. We needed her points around the basket, just really attracting a lot of attention down there and 44 points in the paint, I think it was 18 second-chance points.”
The Lynx’s 44 paint points outmatched the Storm’s 20. And it was their defense setting the tone for the win. Minnesota held Seattle to 38.6 percent shooting, marking the tenth time this season they have held an opponent below 40 percent.
“I just told the team I was really, really, really pleased with our defensive intensity and effort”, Reeve said. “The team that we just played is a super, super offensive team – really hard to play against. I think the schemes that they run are hard to defend.”
Stewart scored 18 points for the Storm, marking the 14th consecutive game she has notched double figures.
With the culmination of Friday’s contests, the WNBA has now entered its Olympic break. While many will enjoy the time off, three players from Friday’s Storm vs. Lynx game will be experiencing Déjà vu.
Former Connecticut Huskies Moore, Stewart, and Sue Bird will once again be led by coach Geno Auriemma, who during their collegiate years led all three to multiple National Championships, and will coach the Olympic team for the second time.