ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Lynx continued their dominance on Wednesday afternoon in their final game before the All-Star break.
The Lynx topped the Dallas Wings 100-74 behind their incredibly efficient play on both ends of the floor, and yet another stellar game from both Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore.
So just how efficient was Minnesota? They never relinquished their lead throughout the game while shooting 38-of-67 (56.7 percent) from the field.
On the defensive end, the Lynx held Dallas to just 26-of-75 shooting from the floor. It is the third straight game the Wings have shot under 40 percent.
But their consistent play did not stop at just shooting. Minnesota outrebounded Dallas 41-28, and over-matched them 33-20 in defensive rebounds alone. They also assisted on 25 different made baskets compared to just 18 for Dallas.
A huge part of their game plan was, of course, Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore.
Both players had a tremendous first quarter that gave Minnesota a 31-21 lead after 10 minutes, as they combined for 17 points and seven of their team’s 12 rebounds.
While Moore continued to run the Lynx offense from the wing in the second quarter scoring eight more points, Fowles dominated the glass inside grabbing six more rebounds in the quarter.
Fowles credited her teammates with spacing the floor, and said that is ultimately what led to her success.
“I think we had pretty good spacing on the perimeter and it made it hard for their players to double down and play inside on me,” she said.
Minnesota also held Dallas to just 5-of-21 shooting from the field, extending their halftime lead to 14 points in the process.
As Dallas tried to claw their way back in the third quarter behind a 23-point, 9-assist performance from Skylar Diggins-Smith, it was clear that they were simply over-matched by the Lynx.
The benches were emptied for both teams in the fourth period after Minnesota’s 21-point third quarter lead. The Lynx’s defense held Dallas to just 13 made field goals in the second half.
When all was said and done, Fowles led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the field, and while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
“I don’t think there’s been anybody as dominant as consistently as Syl,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve said. “I think [Rebecca] Lobo said it, to this point of the season if the [MVP] vote was today, I don’t think it’s even close.”
Moore finished the afternoon with 23 points off of 9-of-15 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds.
With their stellar squad that is mostly returners from 2016, it’s no wonder that the Lynx, who improved to 16-2, are off to their best start in franchise history.
Anyone who has watched the Lynx over the years should not be surprised by this incredibly efficient start. As they now sit at the midpoint of the 2017 season, Minnesota has proven that they are out for blood following a devastating loss in last year’s Finals.
If the Lynx can keep that same motivation following the All-Star break, there’s going to be some stellar basketball played in the second half of the season in St. Paul.