Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sun-Lynx Part II

Greetings from ... Norwich. It's not quite Minneapolis, but check here throughout the game for updates on the Sun-Minnesota Lynx rematch. Here's a copy of the Scout Box previewing the game that runs in the print edition, but not online. Included are the probable starters.

7 p.m.
Target Center, Minneapolis

Records: Connecticut 7-1; Minnesota 6-1.
Last game: Connecticut beat Washington, 87-79; Minnesota beat San Antonio, 90-78. Both games were Sunday.
Next game: Connecticut plays at Los Angeles Friday; Minnesota hosts Sacramento Thursday.
TV/Radio/Internet: ESPN2/www.connecticutsun.com.
Series: Connecticut leads all-time series, 9-8, after winning, 78-77, Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
Injuries: Connecticut‹Kamesha Hairston (recovering from lateral meniscus surgery, day-to-day). Minnesota‹Lindsey Harding (stress fracture in left patella, out).
Scouting report: The Sun can match their 8-1 start from the 2005 season with a win tonight. Connecticut finished 26-8 in both that season and in 2006, when it started 7-1. ... Minnesota is 3-0 at the Target Center this season and has won its last six games at home dating back to last August. The franchise record is seven straight, set in 2003. ... This is the last regular-season meeting between the two teams this season. ... The Sun committed 20 turnovers Friday against Minnesota, before committing a season-low 10 on Sunday. "It's a little bit of us losing concentration, it's a little bit of laziness and a little bit of (Minnesota)," Sun coach Mike Thibault said of the problems on Friday. ... Asjha Jones is 14 points from 2,000 in her career. Lindsay Whalen is four steals from 200 in her career. ... The Lynx's reserves have accounted for three of the top four single-game scoring totals by the team's bench in franchise history, including the club-record 46 points they scored against Detroit in the season opener. ... Rookie Jolene Anderson, in a 1-for-20 slump from 3-point, appeared to regain some rhythm Sunday as she shot 2-for-5 from 3 (six points) and dished out four assists. "I think she may have gotten complacent in the sense that it's really hard to be a good pro every day, and the veterans have tried to explain to her that you can't let up," Thibault said.

1 F Amber Holt 5.8
15 F Asjha Jones 14.5
00 C Tamika Whitmore 15.3
13 G Lindsay Whalen 15.5
33 G Jolene Anderson 6.3

Connecticut (reserves)

22 Barbara Turner 9.6
7 Sandrine Gruda 6.0
34 Tamika Raymond 3.0

33 F Seimone Augustus 19.9
3 F Nicole Ohlde 6.3
21 C Nicky Anosike 10.4
30 G Anna DeForge 8.7
45 G Noelle Quinn 5.6

Minnesota (reserves)
11 Candice Wiggins 15.4
20 Charde Houston 11.3
55 Vanessa Hayden 3.5

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