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Recap: Lynx beat the Sun in a close one, 74-71

The Lynx keep finding ways to win, while the Sun are searching for answers as they drop their fourth straight game.

Minnesota Lynx v Indiana Fever
Odyssey Sims is making the most of her increased role in Minnesota, leading the Lynx to another victory on Saturday.
Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images

The Minnesota Lynx closed a tight game against the Connecticut Sun to win 74-71, handing the Sun their fourth consecutive loss. This is the Lynx’s fourth win in five games and has them half a game behind the Aces for third place.

The game was relatively tight throughout, as seven points was the largest lead for either team. However, it was quite sloppy, featuring a total of 37 turnovers — 16 for Minnesota and 21 for Connecticut. However, the Sun were more effective at converting turnovers into points, outscoring the Lynx in that category.

The Sun had a chance to tie the game at 70 apiece with Courtney Williams at the charity stripe with around a minute left in the final quarter, but she failed to convert the second free throw. Williams finished with 11 points but was 3-of-6 from the free throw line.

Danielle Robinson converted four free throws in the final minute of play to help the Lynx seal the game. Robinson finished with 13 points. Jasmine Thomas had a half-court heave go off the right side as time expired after stealing the ball off an inbound play.

Overall, the Lynx shot the ball well from inside the three-point line at 45.5 percent. However, subtracting the 5-of-16 performance from beyond the arc, that number jumps to 50 percent.

Odyssey Sims was outstanding, scoring 21 points with eight assists. Sims has scored at least 20 points in four of her last five games. Sylvia Fowles recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 11 boards. Napheesa Collier contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and two steals.

For the Sun, Jasmine Thomas led the team with 16 points. Jonquel Jones was 2-of-10 from the field with just five points. This marks the first time this season Jones has failed to score in double figures, and this was her first game without a made three-point shot since June 2.

The Sun’s bench scored 22 points, led by Bria Holmes’ 11. Also of note, Natisha Hiedeman made her WNBA regular-season debut, recording a rebound, an assist and a steal.

Connecticut’s loss ends its 14-game home winning streak that dates back to last season.

Up next

The Lynx travel to face the Sky, while the Sun go back on the road against the Dream. Both games are on Wednesday, July 10.


Swish Appeal is aware of the criminal case/allegations against Odyssey Sims. You can find more information here: http://www.startribune.com/lynx-guard-odyssey-sims-arrested-on-suspicion-of-drunken-driving/511858902/.