The Minnesota Lynx have feasted on the Dallas Wings the first two times the teams have played this season, winning both games in Minneapolis by an average of 27 points.
So when the Wings host Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, Dallas has a little bit of payback on its mind.
It certainly will not be easy to slow down the Lynx's momentum. Minnesota, spurred by Seimone Augustus' 20 points in her return to the lineup after missing three games with a sore left knee, waylaid the New York Liberty 88-70 at home on Friday, winning for the third straight game. At 18-4, the Lynx own the league's second-best record.
The Lynx did not turn the ball over in the first half against New York and finished with just six turnovers.
“We got a lot of things done we wanted to do (in the win against New York). Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “This was a game both teams coveted. We felt there were places we could be even better, but overall, you want to celebrate a win in pretty convincing fashion.”
Against Dallas on July 9, Minnesota used a 40-4 run covering the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters to break away from the Wings on the way to a 37-point victory.
In the eight days since that loss, the Wings have played just once — dropping an 84-77 road contest to Chicago. Plenette Pierson poured in a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Dallas (9-13), which has lost a season-worst three straight games and four of its past five outings.
On July 5, Dallas forward Glory Johnson became the first WNBA player to be part of the 20-20 club since 2013. Johnson scored 23 points and recorded 22 rebounds as the Wings defeated Phoenix 77-74.