Lynx pre-season opener drop for Daily Dawn, Mystics

Elena Delle Donne He scored 21 points and Natasha Cloud added 18 to lead the hosts Washington Mystics to a 78-66 win over the Lynx in a WNBA pre-season game on Wednesday.

center Silvia Fowles Lynx led with 16 points, playing only 15 minutes. Spare Yvonne Turner He had 12 players for Lynx, which used 14 players.

Minnesota suffered in the shooting, scoring 19 of 65 (29.2%) from the field, while Washington had 28 of 63 (44.4%).

“When you’re struggling, you can’t put the ball in the hole, your mind has to be, ‘We don’t score, they don’t score’,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve He said via Zoom. “We didn’t have that flexibility towards us.”

Outside of Fowls, the other four starters averaged three points and 17 minutes. starting from the place Layshia ClarendonAnd Rachel Benham He scored one point in 21 minutes.

“To get out of here and say, ‘This wasn’t our day,’ would be putting our energy in the wrong place,” Reeve said. “You have to win these matches. You still have to win those matches.”

The Lynx host Las Vegas on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Target Center for their second and final pre-season game. The regular season opens May 6 in Seattle.

injury report

Clarendon missed Wednesday’s preliminary match after fighting a squabble on Tuesday due to a sore leg.

“He did really well,” Reeve said of Clarendon after the game. “I didn’t get all the details, but a sense that the coach felt we shouldn’t be involved yesterday and not today. We’ll take precautions and go get some pictures and all that good stuff when we get back to town.”

Clarendon wasted time at the end of last season because of a Stress reaction injury to the right leg.

turner catching

After two seasons away from the WNBA and an impressive performance on Wednesday, Turner made a well-earned spot for the regular season roster with Lynx.

“Coach Reeve tried to get me here at least a little while ago,” Turner said. “I am so grateful that she trusted my game and chose my talent. I work hard and coach Reeve talks about it a lot in practice. I think in the end he will be able to make gains while I am here in training camp.”

Turner, 34, played three seasons with the Phoenix Mercury from 2017-19, averaging 6.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in her last season there. The 5-10 out of Nebraska guard, who was knocked out by Nebraska in 2010, has played in seven different states. Since her last season with Mercury, she has seen time with teams in Russia, France and Turkey.

With Kayla McBride And Crystal Dangerfield still outside and Damiris Dantas Recovering from Lisfranc . injuryTurner appears to be a prime candidate for a tough deal with Lynx. Reeve said her staff is willing to offer these types of contracts all off the season, either to players currently on the roster or in other training camps.

“Being a veteran definitely helps,” Reeve said. “Yvonne, I mean, that was pretty obvious. It wasn’t her first rodeo, so there’s an edge there.

“You can only do so much by playing hard. You can influence the game just by playing hard. Yvonne is an example of that.”

Baby at home

Out of Maryland this season, striker Chloe Baby She was the first freshman to come off the bench at the Lynx, playing about 10 miles from where she went to school. Scored four points in a 1-vs-6 shootout, grabbed an offensive rebound and forced a steal for play against a former college teammate Katie Banzan.

“Chloe often got open shots, shots we ran stuff for her to get, and it just wasn’t for her,” Reeve said. “I know she’d like to see that with some other people around us since we got back to her neck in the woods.”

The two players drafted by Minnesota, Kayla Jones (22nd overall) and Hannah Sjervin (28)Both came off the bench in the third quarter. Jones led all rising teams by six points while also scoring three rebounds and assists. Servin scored four points and had six rebounds.