By Justin DeWitt
Minnesota fans got to witness hometown girl Lindsay Whalen lead the team with 22 points shooting 100 percent from 3-point range Friday night, despite the continued inconsistency the Minnesota Lynx showed versus the Las Vegas Aces,
Even with the effort from Whalen, the team came up short 85-77 at Target Center. Friday was the first time the Aces have visited Minnesota. They may have gotten revenge on the Lynx for defeating them earlier this season on their home court, but they didn’t leave without seeing true homegrown Minnesota basketball.
Until the final stretch of the game, the lead was back and forth, but the Lynx weren’t able to get enough stops on the defensive end to win the game.
Not having the league’s best rebounder Rebekkah Brunson on the floor due to injury played a big part in the loss. The Lynx were out-rebounded all night, giving up 22 boards in the first half. On top of that, their best scorers Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles only combined for 19 points on 7-for-24 shooting.
The defending champs have now lost more games than they did last season, but they haven’t let the inconsistency discourage them.
“It’s a funky year,” Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve told (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press. “When you don’t pay attention to detail on both ends of the court you’re very up and down. How many losses do we have, and we still have a chance of achieving goals.”
Las Vegas’s young talent Kayla McBride led them with 24 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. She was backed up by great performances from Carolyn Swords and A’ja Wilson, who combined for 22 points and 26 rebounds.
The Lynx play the Connecticut Sun back in the Target Center
Sunday at 6 p.m.