Minneapolis, Minn.– Sylvia Fowles was everywhere Sunday night…literally. On Sylvia Fowles bobblehead night, she proceeded to record her seventh double-double of the season in a 92-80 Lynx victory.
Not only did she finish with 11 points and eleven rebounds, but she also blocked one shot, her 32nd in the last twelve games.
However, it wasn’t all flawless for the Lynx. After a shaky first half demonstrating the same signs of the Olympic hangover that plagued them Friday, Lindsay Whalen took over offensively following halftime. Scoring 15 of her 24 points in the second half, it marked the second consecutive game she has led the team in scoring.
“It took everything we had to be able to gut out a win, which is what this league is like when we’ve got people vying for playoff positions and really, really hungry,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So I appreciated after a first half that was probably subpar for us. Probably more than anything just turning the ball over and giving them easy baskets off of 11 fastbreak points, but not making it very difficult for them to score.”
“In the second half, we were way better in that area and I thought the defense was really pretty solid.”
Despite 20 points from Jewell Loyd, Seattle now sits at 10-16 on the season and ninth in the standings. For Storm coach Jenny Boucek, the blame falls solely on her team’s efforts rebounding.
“We talked about that being the key to the game – is rebounding, and we just couldn’t get it done,” Boucek said. “We have to rebound first and foremost. We worked on it really hard over the break, you wouldn’t know it tonight.”
“But that’s going to be a big key for us – our defense and our rebounding and then having great poise on the offensive end and creating great shots for each other. For us to win, and a lot of our games are on the road, our defense and our rebounding has got to be really, really good.”
Minnesota will continue their three-game home stand when they host Washington on Friday and Connecticut on Sunday.