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Minnesota Lynx to Open 10th Anniversary Season at Home against Detroit Shock on Sunday, May 18

December 13, 2007 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Minnesota Lynx News Release

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Lynx, who will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2008, open the historic season against the Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Shock on Sunday, May 18, at 5 p.m., at the Target Center. The 2008 WNBA campaign consists of 34 regular-season games (17 home/17 away) from May through September.

The season-opener commemorates the first game in Lynx history, when Minnesota made its WNBA debut on June 12, 1999, with a 68-51 win over the Shock at the Target Center.

Similar to the hiatus taken in the middle of the 2004 season, the WNBA will not play regular-season games from July 28-Aug. 27 in order to accommodate more than 25 WNBA players expected to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China (Aug. 8-24).

"We are very excited to see our 10th Anniversary Season taking shape with the release of the 2008 WNBA schedule," said Angela Taylor, Lynx Vice President of Business Operations. "Ten years is such a special milestone for women's sports in general and specifically for the Minnesota Lynx organization, the fans who have been so loyal over the years, and the Minnesota community that continues to support our team. There is so much surrounding our 10th Anniversary for fans to be excited about, ranging from reliving the amazing last-second victories and spectacular performances by various players to the unveiling of new programs and initiatives. Plans are in the works to showcase 10 years of Minnesota Lynx history throughout 2008, including the kickoff of the season in front of the best fans in the WNBA here at home in the Target Center against Detroit on May 18."

Minnesota will play host to the Connecticut Sun on June 10 at 6 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. The Lynx will also have games telecast locally on FSN North with the complete television schedule to be released at a later date.

In addition to kicking off the 10th Anniversary celebration against the Shock on Opening Day, the Lynx will again mark their introduction to the WNBA when they host the Sacramento Monarchs at the Target Center on June 12, the anniversary of the first game in team history. Other key dates include: The first of two visits to the Target Center by the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, May 31, and the first trip to Minnesota for the Atlanta expansion team on Wednesday, July 9.

The Lynx will begin the 33-day Olympic break following a game on Sunday, July 27, against the Los Angeles Sparks, which will feature the only visit to Minneapolis for the No. 1 selection in the 2008 WNBA Draft.

During the break, Lynx players not competing in the Olympics will remain in the Twin Cities to participate in a variety of community-based events and activities designed to give fans a unique opportunity to interact with them off of the court.

Following the 2008 Olympic Games, in which the United States looks to earn its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's basketball, Minnesota returns to action against the Washington Mystics on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Target Center.

"When I look back on the 2007 season, I think we played some of our best basketball near the end of the season and finished with a lot of momentum," said Lynx guard Seimone Augustus. "Now that the schedule has been unveiled, it is exciting to think about how that momentum will help us kick off our 10th season in 2008 and hopefully win a lot more games in front of the best fans in the WNBA in Minnesota."

Season and group tickets are on sale now. Be a part of this historic 10th Anniversary season by calling 612-673-8400, e-mailing tickets@lynxbasketball.com or visiting the Lynx website at www.lynxbasketball.com.

Key Facts About The 2008 Lynx Regular-Season Schedule

* By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: May (two home, two away = four total), June (six home, five away = 11 total), July (six home, five away = 11 total), August (one home, none away = one total), September (two home, five away = seven total).

* By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (none home, one away = one total), Tuesday (five home, two away = seven total), Wednesday (one home, one away = two total), Thursday (two home, four away = six total), Friday (two home, two away = four total), Saturday (four home, five away = nine total), Sunday (three home, two away = five total).

* Minnesota is 4-5 in season openers, including 3-2 at Target Center.

* The longest Lynx homestands are three-game affairs from June 8-12 (San Antonio, Connecticut, Sacramento) and June 21-26 (Houston, New York, Sacramento). The longest road trip is Sept. 1-7 (Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, and Sacramento).

* The Lynx play three sets of back-to-back games this season: June 20 (at Detroit) and June 21 (Houston); July 24 (at Indiana) and July 25 (San Antonio); and Sept. 6 (at Seattle) and Sept. 7 (at Sacramento).

* Western Conference: Houston (H: 6/21, 7/12; A: 5/27, 7/17); Los Angeles (H: 7/27; A: 7/3, 9/1); Phoenix (H: 5/31, 9/12; A: 9/3); Sacramento (H: 6/12, 6/26; A: 9/7) San Antonio (H: 6/8, 7/25; A: 6/28, 7/19); Seattle (H: 7/22; A: 7/5, 9/6).

* Eastern Conference: Atlanta (H: 7/9; A: 6/3); Chicago (H: 7/1; A: 5/29) Connecticut (H: 6/10; A: 6/6); Detroit (H: 5/18; A: 6/20); Indiana (H: 9/9; A: 7/24); New York (H: 6/24; A: 6/14); Washington (H: 8/30; A: 9/14).

Minnesota Lynx

2008 Regular-Season Schedule

MONTH DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME

May Sun. 18 DETROIT 5:00 p.m.

Tue. 27 at Houston 7:30 p.m.

Thu. 29 at Chicago 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 31 PHOENIX 7:00 p.m.

June Tue. 3 at Atlanta 6:00 p.m.

Fri. 6 at Connecticut 6:00 p.m.

Sun. 8 SAN ANTONIO 5:00 p.m.

Tue. 10 CONNECTICUT * 6:00 p.m.

Thu. 12 SACRAMENTO 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 14 at New York 6:30 p.m.

Fri. 20 at Detroit 6:30 p.m.

Sat. 21 HOUSTON 7:00 p.m.

Tue. 24 NEW YORK 7:00 p.m.

Thu. 26 SACRAMENTO 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 28 at San Antonio 7:00 p.m.

July Tue. 1 CHICAGO 7:00 p.m.

Thu. 3 at Los Angeles 9:30 p.m.

Sat. 5 at Seattle 9:00 p.m.

Wed. 9 ATLANTA 7:00 p.m.

Sat. 12 HOUSTON 7:00 p.m.

Thu. 17 at Houston 11:00 a.m.

Sat. 19 at San Antonio 7:00 p.m.

Tue. 22 SEATTLE 12:00 p.m.

Thu. 24 at Indiana 6:00 p.m.

Fri. 25 SAN ANTONIO 7:00 p.m.

Sun. 27 LOS ANGELES 5:00 p.m.

Aug. Sat. 30 WASHINGTON 7:00 p.m.

Sept. Mon. 1 at Los Angeles 9:30 p.m.

Wed. 3 at Phoenix 9:00 p.m.

Sat. 6 at Seattle 9:00 p.m.

Sun. 7 at Sacramento 8:00 p.m.

Tue. 9 INDIANA 7:00 p.m.

Fri. 12 PHOENIX 7:00 p.m.

Sun. 14 at Washington 3:00 p.m.

Home games in capital letters. All times Central.

* Nationally telecast on ESPN2

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