June 12th - Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks Postgame Notes
minnesota lynx 80, Los angeles sparks 64
june 12, 2021
High Points High Rebounds High Assists
Minnesota Lynx Dangerfield - 16 Fowles - 9 Clarendon and Collier - 4
Los Angeles Sparks Cooper - 17 Zahui B. - 8 Toliver - 5
Sylvia Fowles finished the night with 15 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. She has now tallied five steals in two of her last three games.
Fowles became the third Lynx player to record at least four steals and at least four blocks in the same game, joining Nicky Anosike (three times) and Devereaux Peters (once). Tonight's performance marks the 40th time in WNBA history that a player has recorded four or more steals and four or more blocks in the same game.
Crystal Dangerfield led the Lynx in scoring with 16 points off the bench, shooting 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. She added four rebounds and three assists in 25:35 minutes of play.
In 14:14 minutes of play off the bench, Rachel Banham tallied 12 points, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from deep. In her last two home games (June 8 vs Atlanta - June 12 vs Los Angeles) she is a perfect 9-of-9 from three-point range and 11-of-14 in her last three games.
In her 100th career start, Damiris Dantas recorded five points, four rebounds and two assists.
Minnesota's reserves combined to score 41 points, the team's top bench total since a 47-point effort at New York on Aug. 13, 2019 (an 89-73 Lynx victory) and the 27th time the bench has provided 40+ points in franchise history.
Led by Banham's four triples, Minnesota matched its season high with 11 made three-pointers (also June 6 vs. Atlanta). In winning four of their last five games, the Lynx are shooting 40.0% (46-of-115) from beyond the arc. They hit just 23.5% (19-of-81) from three-point range in their first four starts.
The Lynx trailed for only 19 seconds tonight (from 6:38 to 6:19 of the 1st quarter) after a wire-to-wire 100-80 victory in their previous Target Center outing (June 6 vs. Atlanta).
Los Angeles finished at 32.9% from the floor, Minnesota's best defensive percentage of 2021 and second sub-40% effort (38.0% vs. Connecticut, May 30). Since 2005, the Lynx have won 43 of 44 games when holding the opposition below 35.0% from the field.
The Lynx piled up a 43-27 rebounding advantage vs. Los Angeles, their largest of the season. In winning four of its last five, Minnesota has posted a +6.2 rpg margin (36.0-29.8).
The Lynx outscored L.A. 23-7 in the 4th quarter, limiting the Sparks to 17.6% shooting (3-of-17) and no free throw attempts. For the season, Minnesota leads the WNBA in 4th quarter Defensive Rating (84.9) and ranks 2nd in 4th quarter Net Rating (+17.3).
The Sparks were led by Te'a Cooper with 17 points, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
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