Moore, Augustus, Brunson and Whalen of the Minnesota Lynx have become the new Fantastic Four of the WNBA with win No. 122 together.
You can be forgiven if you are a Minnesota Lynx fan and were a bit worried about the outcome of Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Stars.
The Stars, who have yet to notch a win this WNBA season, led for most of the game and had a 64-55 lead early in the fourth quarter. With the Lynx playing without their usual energy, it looked like the Stars may get their first win and the Lynx would suffer just their second loss of the year.
But wait a second. This is the Minnesota Lynx we’re talking about. Did you really think they would fall to the likes of the Stars?
Maya Moore hit from beyond the arc to bring the Lynx to life and spark a 12-0 run. Minnesota led 67-64 with six minutes left and never let San Antonio get close again.
Moore finished with 22 points and four rebounds while Sylvia Fowles also scored 22 points to go with 10 rebounds and two assists.
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After the game, Moore talked about the fact that while the energy might not have been there, the Lynx still managed to find a way to get the victory.
“It wasn’t about strategy, it was about effort and digging down deep and finding the focus at the same time for an extended period of time to put the team away. We would have liked to see that fourth quarter energy throughout the 40 minutes, for whatever reason it wasn’t there. . . Eventually something’s going to give if you keep the energy high and that’s what we saw tonight.”
For the Stars, Moriah Jefferson scored 19 points, Kayla McBride had 17 points and six rebounds and Isabelle Harrison added another 13 points and nine rebounds. The Stars have now lost 16 games in a row dating back to last season and could make a serious run at the WNBA record of 20 set by the Tulsa Shock in 2011.
While the win puts the Lynx at 11-1 and puts them firmly in control of their own destiny in the WNBA, the real highlight came in the form of the number 122.
That is how many wins the quartet of Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen have recorded together at members of the Minnesota Lynx. When you consider how players come and go from teams for a chance at a championships or get into a better situation, it really is quite remarkable.
The Lynx next head out on the road to face the Phoenix Mercury on Friday.