The Storm lost, 94-70, to the Lynx on Thursday. Seattle ends a three-game road trip at Los Angeles on Sunday.
GAME STORY: Undone by the hot-shooting Lynx, the Storm (1-2) trailed by 10 at halftime and ultimately fell 94-70 before an announced crowd of 8,132 at Target Center. It was Seattle’s 10th consecutive road defeat against the Lynx.
- Minnesota moves to 3-0 on the season with Thursday’s 94-70 victory over the Seattle Storm, marking the 10th consecutive win against Seattle at Target Center. Minnesota now leads the all-time series 28-27.
- Minnesota held the Storm to 38.1 percent accuracy from the field, marking its 61st win of its last 62 games when holding an opponent below 40 percent. The Lynx finished 53.0 percent (35-for-66) from the floor, marking its 47 consecutive regular season game when shooting 50 percent or better.
- Tricia Liston finished tonight’s game with a career-and-game high 15 points. Her previous career high was nine points posted last season on June 17 at Los Angeles. Liston shot 4-of-7 from the three-point line. In her rookie season, she led all rookies in three-point accuracy at 46.7 percent (14-for-30).
- The Lynx second unit scored 46 points off the bench led by Tricia Liston with 15 points. Rookie Jennifer O’Neill played a career-high 18 minutes and finished with 12 points. O’Neill also added three assists and two rebounds. Devereaux Peters finished with nine points, while Jones added eight followed by Reshanda Gray with two. The franchise record for most points off the bench dates back to July 17, 2008 when the bench scored 57 points.
- Asjha Jones made her Lynx debut tonight, posting eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes. She was sidelined for the first two contests (June 5 vs. Tulsa & June 6 at Indiana) due to fatigue.
- The Lynx hit the road on Sunday for their first of three straight road games. Minnesota will play at Phoenix on Sunday and then will travel to Los Angeles followed by San Antonio. The Storm plays at Los Angeles on Sunday and returns home to face Connecticut at KeyArena on Tuesday.
Minnesota Lynx Rebekkah Brunson
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On her goals for the game…
“I think I had the same approach to every game. I do what I can to help my team out. I just try to bring energy and be aggressive. Just to give it everything. I don’t really have numerical goals. It’s not like I want to get a certain amount of points or a certain amount of rebounds. I just want to go out there and leave it all out on the floor. I want to say at the end of the game that I didn’t save anything.”
Minnesota Lynx Tricia Liston
On her game…
“I thought I got some good looks when the defense was collapsing and my teammates were finding me on the outside. Credit to them for getting me such wide-open looks, but it was nice to knock a few down and see it go through the net.”
On her confidence…
“It feels good to just see it go through the net, but as a shooter, you know you’re going to miss a few and the numbers are going to be like that sometimes. You’ve got to try to stay mentally strong and focused on shooting the next one and not thinking about the misses.”
Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve
On bench players…
“I was really proud of our bench tonight, I thought they played great. It allowed us to not overwork our starters. They helped give us separation. Obviously, Tricia knocking down shots. I just thought overall they played well, they shared the ball, they trusted each other and I told Jen – as long as she’s hearing me – coaching on the fly with Jen O’Neill. I told her the key thing is ‘I leave you out there’ for the most part and that’s because we trust she’s going to come back and learn from mistakes. She’s a fighter and she’s fun to watch.”
On Jen O’Neill…
“I go back to the start of training camp with her. She’s just been somebody that’s had a thirst for wanting to do what we want her to do and wanting to be a good teammate and getting the ball where it’s supposed to go. That’s my favorite thing about her – she’s just unafraid.”
On Tricia Liston…
“I thought it was a product of us being able to penetrate and collapse the defense. Learning positions to put Tricia in when she’s on that weak side of the floor and we’re persistent with our penetration and really draw the defense into the paint – that leaves Tricia out there and you have to pick what you’re going to guard.”
Seattle Storm Sue Bird
On playing the Lynx…
“They’re a team that’s obviously very talented and they’ve been together now a couple of years, so they’re comfortable and that’s always a huge advantage in this league, especially when the season starts to have played together for quite some time. They’re a very good team and you can’t take anything away from them.”
On the Lynx bench players…
“Obviously you need the talent in the starting lineup – which they have. But you also need people off the bench that are going to contribute. If they can get that from those players consistently, that’s definitely going to help them.”
Seattle Storm Head Coach Jenny Boucek
On playing the Lynx…
“I mean, we’re on schedule. We have a long term plan here and we’re trying to develop young players, and of course you go up against what I think is the best team in the league, at their place where they’ve been very dominant, and it presents a tremendous challenge – but that’s what we’re after. Going up against all of these challenges and seeing what it can bring out of us, and what it reveals and how we can improve on what we find out.”
On Jewell Loyd…
“She just wanted to watch for a little bit, get a feel from the bench. She hasn’t done anything wrong, it’s just that she felt like maybe it would be helpful to watch some veterans a little bit and that’s what we did. She’s doing a lot of good things, she’s defending well, she’s growing and understanding the game, her shots aren’t going in yet, but she’s learning how to play a game against a lot bigger, stronger, and faster players. She’s just focused on trying to catch up.”
On the Storm’s young players…
“It’s no secret that we’ve made some moves in this offseason to look towards the future and rebuild – that’s a word used a lot now in our franchise. Sometimes there’s going to be games like this, but we’re really focused on putting in a style of play that we want to take into the next one, two, three, four, five- and beyond years. Does anyone like losing by this much? No. But we’re trying to do things to set the foundation for the future. There’s going to be some lumps along the way for sure, but we played the best team in the league.
Lynx team information contributed to this report.