After ending their losing streak on Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Minnesota Lynx returned home to welcome the top team in the WNBA to Target Center on Friday.
While hitting a bit of a slump heading into the All-Star Break and with about a dozen games remaining in the regular season, the Lynx put together an impressive performance against the red-hot and league-leading Connecticut Sun on their home floor.
Behind a big first half, Minnesota blew out Connecticut — which entered the game winners of a WNBA-best seven straight games, — by a score of 89-57 on Friday night in downtown Minneapolis.
From the start of the game, the Lynx controlled the pace on both ends of the floor. In the opening quarter, Minnesota jumped out to a quick 10-point lead to gather a 24-14 advantage after the first frame.
In the final 10 minutes before halftime, the Lynx continued to roll. They went on to outscore the Sun 30-11 in the quarter to jump out to a large 54-25 lead at the break.
In the opening half alone, Minnesota finished shooting 56 percent from the field while holding Connecticut to just 31 percent shooting. The Lynx, which tallied 16 team assists in the first half, also forced the Sun into a total of 17 turnovers in the first two quarters.
After getting out to the large lead, Minnesota didn’t look back for the remainder of the contest. After outscoring the Sun 23-18 in the third quarter, the Lynx ended up cruising to a blowout victory back in front of their home crowd at Target Center.
Sylvia Fowles tallied a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead the way for Minnesota, which finished shooting 53.7 percent from the field and made a total of nine threes.
Danielle Robinson and Stephanie Talbot each added 14 points off the bench, while Odyssey Sims had a near double-double of 12 points, nine assists and three steals, Damiris Dantas added 11 points, and Napheessa Collier finished with 10 points, eight rebound, four steals and two assists.
Although the Lynx put on a show on the offensive end of the floor, they were also stellar defensively against the WNBA’s top team.
Minnesota held Connecticut to shooting just 30.9 percent shooting in the game, while allowing the Sun to convert on just five threes.
Bria Holmes tallied 10 points and three rebounds, Jonquel Jones had eight points and six rebounds, and Courtney Williams finished with eight points to lead the way for Connecticut.
After moving back above the .500 mark on the season with a record of 12-11, the Lynx will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to face the Washington Mystics at 2 p.m. CT at Entertainment and Sports Arena in the nation’s capital.