The Minnesota Lynx look to close out their push for one of the top spots in the upcoming WNBA playoffs, playing for their eighth win in the last nine and third straight over the Indiana Fever on Friday in Indianapolis.
Minnesota (20-10), playing the final of three in a row against last-place Indiana (6-24), coughed up a 14-point first-half lead but rallied in the fourth quarter for a 90-80 victory when these teams met on Sunday.
Aerial Powers continued her strong play since returning from thumb surgery, scoring in double figures for the seventh time in eight games. She is averaging 19.3 points over the past four games, including the 17 she scored in the last win.
With Powers adding scoring punch, Minnesota heads into its final two regular-season games surging, moving into third place through Wednesday’s games.
“Putting each other in positions to be successful — and that just comes with chemistry,” Napheesa Collier said in her postgame press conference, following a team-high 22-point effort on Sunday.
Five Lynx players scored in double figures in that game, in line with their season averages. However, Crystal Dangerfield scored 11 points — almost four more than her average — to help fill the gap with Layshia Clarendon sidelined by a leg injury.
Although Friday’s contest marks three straight for Minnesota against Indiana, the Fever continued play Tuesday and dropped their fifth straight decision, 85-78 to Atlanta.
Indiana went into Atlanta playing its third game in five days, and with only seven players available – a stark contrast to Minnesota’s depth.
“You just roll with the punches,” Teaira McCowan said in her postgame press conference. “If you have five to play, that’s what you’ve got to roll with.”
Kelsey Mitchell scored 18 points in the loss, coming off a 25-point performance in the previous meeting with the Lynx. All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, and four of the five logged more than 30 minutes.
–Field Level Media