WNBA: Just How Good Are the Minnesota Lynx?

Zachary James@ZacharyWJamesCorrespondent IJune 28, 2012

Seimone Augustus is part of a Minnesota Lynx squad that is off to a hot 13-1 start.
Seimone Augustus is part of a Minnesota Lynx squad that is off to a hot 13-1 start.Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Over the summer months, most of the attention when it comes to basketball is on the NBA Playoffs, the NBA Draft and, this summer, the Olympics.

The WNBA doesn't get too much media love, though it should. And one team in particular is deserving of attention: the Minnesota Lynx.

The Lynx are the sister team of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Lynx are at the top of their league.

As of Thursday, Minnesota sits with a franchise-best 13-1 start, a record that includes winning every game at the Target Center. Their sole loss was on the road against the Seattle Storm.

Minnesota is coming off of winning the WNBA Finals last season, and at the rate they're going right now, a repeat is not out of the question.

Their stats back it up as well.

In their 14 games, the Lynx are averaging 85.5 points per game, which is the league's best by a full two points. In points allowed, the Lynx are second best, holding other WNBA squads to 71.2 PPG. (The Storm have league's lowest opponent PPG with 71.1.)

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Minnesota shot nearly 50 percent in all its games except for the loss to Seattle on June 17, when the Lynx shot 37 percent.

Three Storm players reached double figures in scoring in Seattle's 65-62 win over Minnesota. Lynx guard Seimone Augustus was only held to 12 points and six rebounds, and she and Maya Moore were the only two Minnesota players to score in double figures

The Lynx have been the head of the pack outside of that one loss.

During their 13 wins, the Lynx are averaging 87.3 PPG, 37.7 rebounds per game, hitting 73 percent of their free throws and sharing the ball (eight assists per game).

Their individual team highs are as follows:

  • Field goal percentage: May 30 at Washington—56 percent
  • Points: May 20 vs. Phoenix—105
  • Rebounds: June 21 vs. New York—49 rebounds

Augustus is leading the Lynx in points per game, (17.2) and attempts (151), and Rebekkah Brunson has the most rebounds (104) as well as the team's highest field-goal percentage (.533).

Minnesota faces Seattle once more on August 21, a game that will nationally televised on ESPN2. Its next game is July 1 at San Antonio.

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