Minnesota is now 0-1 in official Juneteenth games as host Dallas on Saturday dominated the visiting Lynx 95-77 in Arlington, Texas. The two teams split the Lone Star State two-game series—Minnesota won 85-73 Thursday.
The Wings (5-7) bottled up the paint on defense and spread the floor on offense, shooting lights out at a 60% clip from the three-point line, and led by almost 30 points in the second quarter. Minnesota, who hoped to reach .500 for the first time this season, never got untracked, unable to get easy shots and misfiring whenever they did attempt a shot and dropped to 5-7.
EYE TEST – Minnesota’s offensive woes continue as they can’t find consistency from the perimeter, which allowing teams to double Sylvia Fowles, who finished with only eight points, eight points under her average.
KEY STAT – The Wings shot nearly 61% in threes
LEADING SCORERS – Four Dallas players in double figures, led by Marina Mabrey’s 28 points. Four Minnesota players in double figures, led by 17 points each by Napheesa Collier and Crystal Dangerfield.
FINALLY – The Lynx this season is 2-2 in games coached by Blacks.
Charles Hallman is a contributing reporter and award-winning sports columnist at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.