The Lynx played sloppy to open the game, allowing the Shock to lead by as much as eight points with two minutes left in the first half. The Shock were led by guard Odyssey Sims who accounted for 21 of the Shock’s 43 points at the half.
On the Lynx side, the ball would not fall into the net. Lindsay Whalen had numerous balls bounce all around the basket without falling in. Whalen had an uncharacteristic half making only one of her twelve shots in the half. Collectively the team made 16 of their 46 (34.8%) shots in the half, far below their season average 47% from the field. At the half the Minnesota Lynx trailed the Tulsa Shock 43-37 and an uneasy tension filled the air at Target Center as the crowd had hoped that the Lynx would snap their losing streak.
The third quarter saw the Lynx climb out of the hole as Lynx guard Seimone Augustus carried the team, draining 100% of her shots (4-4 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line) as the Lynx chipped away at the Shock lead. Not to be out done, Sims added seven points to her total. The Lynx outscored the Shock 22-15 in the quarter and ended the third quarter up by one.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Lynx. The team found their stride and dominated play at both ends of the floor grabbing 17 rebounds and scoring 21 points. In contrast the Shock scored just five points, the second fewest points scored in a quarter in WNBA history.
Also encouraging to Lynx fans, as the team closed out their regular season play, was that seven different players contributed to scoring with Maya Moore leading the way with seven fourth quarter points. Devereaux Peters came up with two steals and five rebounds in the quarter and nine Lynx players came up with a rebound.
Maya Moore is, hands down, the story of the season as she scored double digit points in all 34 of her games, finishing the year with 812 points (23.9/game), 275 rebounds (8.1/game), 64 steals and 28 blocked shots.
As the Lynx prepare for their playoff run, starting Thursday August 21, 2014, they can have confidence that they put up their best quarter of play in the last four games at the end of their last regular season game and will look for momentum as they head into the finals.
Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for updates from the Lynx playoff run.