The Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever will get to know each other pretty well over the next week.
In the first of three meetings over an eight-day span, the Lynx try for an eighth consecutive home victory Friday night against the Fever in Minneapolis.
Indiana, in turn, will look to avoid a third straight defeat.
Minnesota (18-10) will play its next three games against the Fever (6-21), with another home matchup Sunday and a visit to Indianapolis on Sept. 17. The Fever, meanwhile, travel to Atlanta on Tuesday after the weekend back-to-back at Minnesota before hosting the Lynx.
Though the Lynx are playoff bound and currently sit fifth in the overall WNBA standings, they’ll aim to bounce back after their five-game winning streak ended with a 102-81 loss at Las Vegas on Wednesday. Minnesota allowed the Aces to shoot 55.1 percent and guard Jackie Young to record a career-high 29 points.
The Lynx allowed an average of 72.6 points in their previous five contests.
“We didn’t give a lot of effort on the defensive end,” Minnesota forward Aerial Powers, who had 20 points Wednesday, told the Star Tribune. “And, it comes down to effort.”
Trying to improve on its 11-3 home mark, Minnesota has a good opportunity to regroup and flex its defensive muscle against an Indiana squad that ranks second-to-last in the league scoring (74.8 points). The Fever are shooting just 41.3 percent.
After losing 87-65 to Phoenix last weekend, Indiana was better offensively against the Mercury on Monday, but were outscored 24-10 in the third quarter of an 86-81 defeat.
“I think for us it’s a lack of confidence,” said Fever star Kelsey Mitchell, who has averaged 22.0 points in the last three games. “Honestly, I don’t think we realize how good a team we are. And, I think a lot of times we go into things thinking that we don’t have a chance.”
Minnesota’s Napheesa Collier (16.3 points per game) has scored at least 18 in four of the last five games. Meanwhile, Lynx point guard Layshia Clarendon could miss a fifth straight contest with a leg injury.
–Field Level Media