When it comes to preseason games, wins and losses don't matter. It's about preparing and giving starters enough minutes to be ready for the regular season and getting a look at the new faces. In the second and final preseason game, the Lynx fell to Connecticut 88-80 Tuesday afternoon at Target Center.
"It was a good game for us," said head coach Cheryl Reeve. "I thought the way Connecticut approached things it was something we needed. We needed a quality game and quality opponent. I saw a lot of things today."
Seimone Augustus led all scorers with 15 points while Lindsay Whalen added 14 and eight assists while Maya Moore scored 13.
After leading by three heading into the fourth quarter, the Sun outscored Minnesota 20-10 in the final quarter.
The Lynx and Reeve know the eight veterans on the squad and how the team envisions them fitting in. Positions 9-11 are starting to become more into focus. Despite Janel McCarville sitting out with a left ankle injury, Amber Harris and Devereaux Peters played the majority of the minutes at center.
The two teams will meet on June 1st at Target Center in the Lynx first game of the WNBA season.
Rachel Jarry played 19 minutes and finished with four points and five rebounds.
Sugar Rodgers finished with six points and four assists.
Pepper Wilson played 5:29 and scored a basket and grabbed one rebound.
Chucky Jeffrey did not score in 2:42 of court time.
Jacki Gemelos did not play.
Lindsey Moore did not play due to injury.
The Lynx gave up 19 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 22 times. Reeve credited the turnovers to players in new or different roles.
Monica Wright struggled at the point position with the second group turning the ball over six times. She finished with nine points and four assists.
Lindsay Whalen caught an elbow to the jaw while working through a defensive screen. She came back and buried back-to-back jump shots.
Rebekkah Brunson finished with eight points and a team high 10 rebounds in the loss.