Louisville, KY June 7, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Lynx Win Tough Road Game Against The Fever
Saturday was the first home game for the Indiana Fever as they looked to bounce back from a tough loss against the Chicago Sky on Friday’s WNBA opening night. The Fever would take on Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Fever fans would break the Guinness World Record for most glowsticks at one time with 3,712 lit before tip-off. However the Minnesota Lynx would leave the Fever crowd stunned after spoiling the Fever’s home opener.
Indiana would play Saturday night’s game without the services of their star Tamika Catchings, who is still recovering from a right knee injury. To open up the first quarter Indiana’s Natalie Achonwa scored the first two points in the game at the 9:08. The Fever would only lead in the game during the 1st quarter and their biggest lead would after Achonwa pushed their lead to 6-2 with 8:03 remaining. After that the Minnesota Lynx took over the game by going on a 6-0 run and never trailed again. Minnesota was led by the stellar play of Maya Moore and Rebekka Brunson, who combined for the 13 Lynx points in the first quarter. The score would 21-14 Minnesota Lynx after the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Indiana’s Marissa Coleman looked to get it going on offense as she scored seven points in the quarter. However Minnesota was able to get to the foul line and make 6/8 of their free throw attempts. The Lynx also forced the Fever to turn the ball over six times in the 2nd quarter alone. The score at halftime would be Minnesota 36 Indiana 27. Minnesota’s Rebekka Brunson led all scorers with 10 points and Natalie Achonwa score eight points for the Indiana Fever. Minnesota was able to connect on three of their nine three-point shot attempts, while Indiana went 0-4 from three-point line.
In the 3rd quarter the Minnesota lead stretched out to as large as 14 points, but the Fever were able to cut the lead to five points with 3:14 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Fever defense had held the Minnesota Lynx scoreless for 3:20 and looked to have all the momentum in the game. Then Lindsay Whalen connected on an and one play with 3:06 remaining in the 3rd quarter to give the Lynx a 49-41 lead. The Fever were unable to connect at the foul line making just three out of nine free throw attempts in the 3rd quarter. All of the misses from the foul line resulted in an 56-47 Minnesota Lynx lead to end the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter the Fever fought to stay close coming within three points with 4:13 remaining in the game, but the Lynx didn’t allow them to get any closer. Minnesota would go on a 6-0 run and the Fever were unable to get back into the game. The Final score would be 78-69 as the Lynx spoiled the Fever’s home opener. Both Maya Moore and Rebekkah Brunson finished with stat lines of 16 points and 10 rebounds a piece, Lindsay Whalen finished with 17 points, six turnovers, and five assists for the Minnesota Lynx as well. The Fever’s Marissa Coleman had 16 points, followed by Shenice Johnson with 15 points off the bench.
“It was a tough game, not a high scoring game. Both teams were pretty determined to make it tough defensively for each other,” said Maya Moore post game. Minnesota will move to 2-0 on the season and will face the Seattle Storm in Minnesota on Thursday night. As for the Fever they will move to 0-2 on the season and will face the New York Liberty at New York on Tuesday night. “I think it’s going to take time with us all learning a new system, playing a lot faster than we have before. A lot of it’s going to take time,” said Marissa Coleman about the team adjusting to the style of new Fever head coach Stephanie Smith. Hopefully the Fever can adjust sooner rather than later especially with the absence of starters in Catchings and Shavonte Zellous.