After the starters scored just 17 points Friday night in Los Angeles, the Lynx rebounded nicely Sunday night with an 88-79 win over Tulsa. As they returned home following their 87-59 loss to the Sparks, the starters were back to their dominant selves scoring 82 of the teams 88 points.
"I was impressed by the bounce back nature," said head coach Cheryl Reeve. "I've got three great leaders in Whalen, Seimone and Brunson and they all take those types of games personally."
After falling behind by eight points in the first quarter, the squad went on a 10-2 run to close out the first quarter and knotting the game at 22 after the first. Minnesota finished the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 49-40 lead at the half. Maya Moore led the way with 15 points, Seimone Augustus added 14 and Lindsay Whalen with 11.
After playing only five minutes in the first half, Janel McCarville scored four points and pulled down five rebounds as well as finding Whalen on a beautiful backdoor cut that pushed the Lynx lead to 10. Defensively, Minnesota held the Shock to just 15 points in the quarter and took a 14 point lead to the final quarter.
Moore and Augustus scored 22 points each to lead the way for the Lynx. It was the play of Whalen who sparked the team in the first quarter.
"I felt really good about Whay before the game, " said Reeve. "We spend a fair amount of time before the game talking. I thought she had a determination in her voice, her approach and so it wasn't a surprise when she played the way she did."
With the win, the Lynx moved to 6-2 on the season and remained undefeated at home. It was also a homecoming for Candice Wiggins who scored 18 points for the Shock earlier this season. Wiggins finished the game with 14 points and her rookie back court made Skylar Diggins finished with nine points and 11 assists.
The Lynx remain at home and will face Los Angeles Friday night at 7PM.